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Re: Debian cd supporting ext4.

On Thu, Jul 29, 2010 at 10:15:22AM +0200, Sjoerd Hardeman wrote:
> Robert Holtzman schreef:
> >On Wed, Jul 28, 2010 at 06:03:37PM -0500, Jordon Bedwell wrote:
> >>On 7/28/10 4:40 PM, Robert Holtzman wrote:
> >>>What was the reason for that? The usual plan is to put /home, at least,
> >>>on a separate partition.
> >>>
> >>The *usual* plan is to put it on a separate drive (but since debian
> >>can't judge how smart a user is ~ they put it on the same drive
> >>different partition) or if you use network storage, to keep it on
> >>the same drive in the same partition.  Not everybody runs critical
> >>systems or even stores anything in /home.  I know on my Debian
> >>installs nothing is in /home/username.
> >
> >Dandy *if* you have two drives. How many home users would that be?
> Also, multiple partitions lose their usefulness for a single-user
> linux machine. I do not run a mail server which justifies a separate
> /var, ans since I can fill /usr or /etc just as well as /home,
> there's no real reason to create multiple partitions. The only
> exception of course is a separate /boot to avoid boot problems.

I disagree. The only time multiple partitions lose their usefulness is in
the event of a hard drive failure or massive power surge *and* there is no
backup. Otherwise /home on a separate partition allows the installation
of another OS without formatting /home. I've done this a number of times
and it works beautifully, allowing me to retain a number of
configuration scripts. 

Bob Holtzman
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