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Old 02-18-2005, 08:43 PM   #1
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how many partitions (for planning ahead)?


Not sure what's going on with the seach feature, but it's not turning up any results for me...

Anyway, I'm wondering what a good partition setup is for linux. Currently, I only have swap and /. I have read in many places that it is good to have at LEAST 1 more for home.

Basically, I want to be able to try out different distros by formatting and installing to /, but keeping my swap, home, and whatever else might be important intact. So what sort of info can travel freely from distro to distro like that?

And once this is done, how do I mount a folder (ie: home) to a partition?

Thanks greatly,
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Old 02-18-2005, 08:47 PM   #2
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I have swap, /, /home and /media. It's nice to have a seperate /home partition because that contains all your settings, for example if you use GNOME but then you format your root partition and reinstall a different distrobution and mount your /home partition back and launch GNOME it'll be the same as you left it.

And mounting is as easy as adding lines in /etc/fstab, most distrobutions allow you to set this up easily when installing.
 
Old 02-18-2005, 08:47 PM   #3
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Well, in that case Iīd say two ext3 partitions, one for your home distro, one for any distro that catches your fancy, 1 swap, and 1 that you can store games, music, and stuff on. So... 4, IMO.
 
Old 02-18-2005, 09:07 PM   #4
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Ravo: So you don't store your music, games, etc. in /home?

DJ P@CkMaN: What is /media?
 
Old 02-18-2005, 09:30 PM   #5
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Seiken: Nope! I have Windows XP Pro installed on a seperate HD in this PC. I need to be able to get to my games, my music, and my Apache documentroot from both Linux and XP. Such, I have a 20 gig partition /dev/hda5 formatted with a FAT32 file system that Windows and Linux can both use side by side.

Iīm not DJ P@ckMaN, but /media/ is a directory with links to stuff like your CD drives, floppy drives, jumpdrives, and whatnot. Funny thing about it, if one isnīt mounted, the directory is still there. No errors or beepy messages, just an empty directory.
 
  


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