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Old 01-09-2004, 01:24 AM   #1
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Linux partitions, how many and what ones


I know i need a Swap partition and which i am making 1 gig.. would i make one EXT with the Rest of my 35gigs that are free?
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Old 01-09-2004, 01:47 AM   #2
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You'll also need a boot partition and a root(/) partition.
 
Old 01-09-2004, 01:52 AM   #3
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Now i remember why i never installed linux before.. This partitioning is driving me insane
 
Old 01-09-2004, 01:57 AM   #4
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I would probably go with

/boot 100 MB
/(root partition) 13 GB
/var 1.9 GB
/home 20 GB

This way if you have to re-install you don't loose your personal data, and your logs will not keep filling up your root partition.
 
Old 01-09-2004, 02:02 AM   #5
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Ok. This question has been asked so many times that I think we need to make a newbie guide and put it up as a sticky. I will see what I can come up with

Peace,
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Old 01-09-2004, 02:07 AM   #6
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No. No. It used to be tricky. Pain in butt. Start partitions/ end partitions blah. Add. Subtract.
Now it is simple. Should be GUI on install. GUI does math. I want it x big!
You need root / it's called a mount point. Make it as big as you want. The partitions are just a way of allocating disk space. For instance. If you may ever want to reformat your hard-drive you would wish to have personal data on a seperate mount point. Eh?
So go ahead and create a mount point. call it rogan999. It doesn't matter. Put whatever you want to save forever in it.
Yes you have to create swap (this is twice your RAM).
 
Old 01-09-2004, 02:07 AM   #7
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Go with a simple and safe one/
/ =(root) 500 to 700 mb
/user =about 3 gig
/var =( for system log files) at least 500mb but really no more than 1 gig.
/swap = twice the size of you memory but no more then 512 mb or 1 gig is needed.
/home = this is the space for almost everything you'll be down loading and playing with. Mine is 5 gig and I've never needed more.
/storage = format this one FAT32. this is so that waindows and linux can use it to both play with the same files( mp3's and the such) its also best to use this partition to transfer files back and forth. That way you never run the chance of messing up you windows partition from linux or linux from windows. Make it as large as you feel you need. Mine is 5 gig.

Once you have the basic layout like this set up it makes everything else easier since your /home partition can be saved from reinstall to reinstall and could be set up to be shared by different distros for testing. the same with /storage
Its really not bad once you have the first few things out of the way.
 
Old 01-09-2004, 02:37 AM   #8
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You guys are all the same: you go on about size.


Notes I took last fall:

Miscellaneous Info: Frodo's Partitions
When put to the test my structure pulled through.

The one thing I will change next time is location of /home/dirs. Why can't they have their own mount point? Then if I have to rebuild Linux, it will have minimal impact.

Code:
Filesystem 1K-blocks Used Available Use% Mounted on
/dev/hda5 2925300 180960 2595744 7% /
/dev/hda2 2016044 1254048 659584 66% /u02
/dev/hdb4 10649712 1589892 8518832 16% /allison
/dev/hda1 1019824 877136 142688 87% /dos
/dev/hdb1 9621848 2873036 6260036 32% /u01
/dev/hdb3 9621880 1084280 8048824 12% /u03
/dev/hdb2 9621880 2710608 6422496 30% /usr
BTW- I have since then. It's good.


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Old 01-09-2004, 02:43 AM   #9
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Ok, what is the Boot Partition?? It never asked..


This is a Single 80gig, there is an Exsisting NTFS partition with Winxp installed using 40gig..? so you are saying i need a Swap,Boot, Root, Home, Var...?? is that right?


oh and i still have an additional 80Gig that is partitioned with fat32 and is just for storage between the Two OS's

Rogan

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Old 01-09-2004, 02:46 AM   #10
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Alar don't you think your way is a bit more technical than most newbies want to be when first starting out. I thought my post would be too confusing or technical also.
 
Old 01-09-2004, 02:46 AM   #11
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Subtract the NTFS partition.
Reformat the rest.

Should do it.
 
Old 01-09-2004, 02:48 AM   #12
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Yah. But yours was there already.
I just wanted to add on in case he wanted to keep on reading
 
Old 01-09-2004, 02:49 AM   #13
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pzatch, Well I actually understood what was put there.. I am a Noob to install.. but i am not a Noob to computers. I am more of a Windows Person.. I HATE it.. But never got the chance to use linux.. I am a MCSE, so things i do Focus on Microsoft.... But i am so fed up with Microsoft i want out.. So here comes My new SLACKBOX, if i can ever get it working.. But haveing this laptop and my Main Box makes it easier i can screw around on it and ask questions here...
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Old 01-09-2004, 02:53 AM   #14
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You can cut it down to just the / (root) and the swap . But realise that if you only have the single / (root) partiton and swap anll the other partitions mentioned will then just be placed as directories inside the / partition so you'll still need the room of all the previously mentioned partitions. ( There just all roled into one larger one now)

I would set up what I have mentioned once its done its done forever. I use Mandrake and all I did was shrinck the origional windows partition down to make room for the linux stuff. Then i left the now empty area unformatted. Linux will find it and use it. Mandrakes installer has great partitoning tools included.

Just use windows or a third party program to make an empty area on the harddrive and let the distro have at it.

What distro are you trying?
 
Old 01-09-2004, 03:03 AM   #15
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I am trying Slackware, But i am debating withmyself if i should go to Mandrake. Alot of people i know who use linux use Slackware.. so.. that was why i tried it. I got it almost all installed.. it went though everything.. at the end it asked for the kernal. and there was some error.. and the computer just stopped responding.. and i have to sleep so it will have to wait for another attempt till tomorrow.. but i have gotten a lot better input now so i will be redoing partitions.. I am also going with Slackware.. Cause i do not want one that is easy just cause i ama noob.. i still want to learn..

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