I have only two partitions, a / an /home.... All the files I wish to permanently save are on my /home partition
my / partition about 10GB and nowhere near full.... keeping in consideration I also have a quite large /usr/src/ directory, since I like to keep the configured source handy when I have compiled & installed programs myself.
If I ever format, reinstall, whathaveyou.... I back up /root, /etc, /usr/src/, /var, /usr/share/icons, /usr/share/pixmaps, and anything else of value to /home/backup for possible restoration or comparision later.
I would basically just decide this:
1) How many partitions do I "need"? Will there ever be a time when having a seperate /opt partition would be genuinely useful, for example?
2) How many partitions do I necessarily want to deal with, especially in a scenario where I do something wrong and need to mount all these partitions via livecd, for example?
3) How large does each partition need to be? Think waaay into the future, for example my /home partition is 55GB, whereas I'm currently only using less than half that. I generally use the same software all the time and a few games, so I can always get by with less that 15GB for / .
PS: I have 512MB RAM, and a 512MB swap.... for the record I can only thing of about 2 instances where the swap file has ever been touched, and only one of them was on slackware 10. SuSE seemed a bit swap-happy when I tried out 9.1.
Last edited by hollywoodb; 09-19-2004 at 10:31 AM.