In about a week or so I will remove everything from my hard drive and "start fresh" . I plan on installing Gentoo Linux (Stage 1) and giving it the whole hard drive .
I have 40 GB of disk space and 128 MB of RAM .
The system I will be installing will be used as a Development Workstation but also for "normal user" activities (wich basically consist of connecting to servers [http/mail/ftp/ssh etc.] + music + a bit of playing around with Gimp .. no games, no *Open Office* and similar ..) .
Now .. I've read a lot of tutorials about partitioning your hard drive .. while they explain what and why , they don't explain how big . That's my problem ... I know what partitions I wish to create :
(not: I know I don't *need* all those partitions but that's how I would like my disk partitioned .. mostly for security reasons, convenience for back-up, upgrading etc. ; right now I have only a swap and / partition .. but like I said .. I want to change and those are the partitions I want ..
Now .. like I've mentioned earlyer I have 128 MB of RAM .. so I figured I should make the Swap partition 256 MB .. The Gentoo Handbook sais the Boot partition should be 32 MB so the /boot partition will have 32 MB
The problem is .. except for the partitions above .. I have no idea what sizes the rest of the partitions should have ..
Just how big does / have to be if /home, /usr, /var, /tmp and /boot are separate from it ? Not very big I'd assume ?
Now .. I was thinking of something like this:
/boot - 32 MB
swap - 256 MB
/var - 3 GB
/tmp - ??
/ - 1248 MB
/usr - 9 GB
/home - rest ..
I don't know if USR is too big or too small .. all I know is that right now I don't really believe I need any more software installed (I might be wrong of course) .. my TOTAL disk usage is 5.1 GB .. I've been having this system for about 3 months .. I have no idea how big /tmp should be ..
I forgot to mention this .. the only server currently running on my system is SSHD (well .. sure I have X too but it accepts local connections only ..) . But it is possible I will be running a HTTPD/FTPD/EMAILD on it too .. (any of these, in any combination)
So anyway , it comes down to this:
#1 : Can anyone recommend a partitioning scheme for my requierments ? (I mean .. keeping the partitions [or removing/adding one/two] .. I mostly need recomendations on sizes and filesystems) .. reasons/explanations would be highly appreciated too ..
#2 : If you think my partitioning scheme is close to "the truth" .. please tell me what you have to object to it or why it is good in some ways etc.
Thank you for your attention !
p.s: if you don't feel like designing a partition that fits my needs , I would really appreciate the results of "cat /etc/fstab && df -h" ran on your box along with a description of what you are using your system for
.. maybe I can "deduct" a good partitioning scheme
Thanks again !