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RE: [TCLUG:4676] Partitioning Question

I would also have /usr on a separate partition. If for some reason (I
still don't know how this happened) some really important file(s) got
corrupt such that you couldn't reboot your computer, just format root,
install, edit /etc/fstab to mount /home and /usr and /var (or copy var
before formating root) and your computer is back to normal with very
little effort. Also, /usr might get full because it is where most
appilcations go so it is nice to have it isolated from the root partition. 

I doubt you are going to have this file corruption, but in general it is
nice to have all non-standard stuff on a separate partition (i.e.,
applications (/usr) logs ,etc (/var) and personal files (/home)

Good Luck,


> If you're new to Linux, I'll suggest that you create one huge root ("/")
> partition and a 127 meg swap partition.   Play around, hose and reload the
> box a few times, have fun!
> For a box you want to set up as a server and forget about, it's important to
> separate user data from system data.  I always set up a separate /home
> partition, and on my mail server I have a separate /var/spool/mail
> partition.  This way if either partition fills up with junk it won't affect
> the root partition and potentially crash the box.  Also, if you need to
> reload the box, you can just re-format and re-install the root partition and
> leave the /home partition (with all your data) intact.
> As far as exact sizes go, I'm having good luck with 300 MB for /home, and
> 800MB for the other system stuff. YMMV.
> --
> Carl Patten
> Systems Administrator
> Trimodal Inc.
> > -----Original Message-----
> > From: David Royer []
> > Sent: Thursday, March 11, 1999 10:23 AM
> > To:
> > Subject: [TCLUG:4676] Partitioning Question
> >
> >
> > I am looking for opinions about the number and size of partitions
> > to create
> > on a new Linux box...
> >
> > First some background.  I just found out about TCLUG earlier this week and
> > have been lurking for the past few days.  I am new to Linux, but have been
> > using Unix at the U of M as a CS undergrad for the past 3 years.
> >
> > I am getting ready to install Redhat 5.2 on a system I just retired as my
> > main system.  The computer is a P-133 w/ 64 meg RAM.  I have one
> > 1.0 Gig hd
> > so far and have a 6.4 gig in route.
> >
> > My question is this, I have read in various places different
> > opinions about
> > the best arrangement of partitions.  I am wondering from a real
> > world point
> > of view, what is best?  Initially the system will be for playing
> > around and
> > experimenting, but who knows...maybe I'll be able to get rid of NT on my
> > other box :-).
> >
> > Any opinions or suggestions would be appreciated.
> >
> > Dave
> >
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