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Old 12-15-2007, 06:55 AM   #1
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Hi

Just about to set up Ubuntu 07.10, and for the first time I would like to create a custom partition layout.
I have a 200gig hardrive and 2gig ram.
I plan to set up partitions like this:

/ - 40 gig
/home - 80 gig
/usr - 70 gig
swap 4 gig.

The main reason for doing this is , if I get things right, I will keep all my files on /home if I need to reinstall or want to share my /home with another install if I where to get a second drive in my computer.
Is the layout OK?

/A
 
Old 12-15-2007, 07:03 AM   #2
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i have a dual boot

mine is like

10gb linux
10gb windows
90gb files (home etc)
2gb swap
500mb dos
 
Old 12-15-2007, 07:29 AM   #3
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Hi andy.s,
there is surely no "correct" answer to your questions, since different people prefer different flavours.
I - imho - would change some sizes:

For desktop machines, I never had need for so big root partitions. My standard root size is between 15 and 20 gig _including "/usr"_. Do you have special plans that require 70 gig in "/usr"?
I usually need most space on my home directories...
Dividing the home directories from the system directories is surely a good idea.

1)
For a desktop machine with no special aims, I would size your partitions as following:
Code:
/: 20 gig
swap: double size of my RAM 
/home: Remaining space, about 170gig
2)
I like to preserve an unused partition to install new opersting systems... E.g., if my distribution releases a new version, I install the new version on a blank partition, keeping my current working system as long, as I need to get the new one working productive for me. This leads to following:
Code:
/: 20 gig (usually 15 gig are really enough)
unused: 20 gig (usually 15 gig are really enough)
swap: double size of my RAM 
/home: Remaining space, about 150gig
3)
I also like the idea to divide system specific files (that is: nearly all .* files, e.g.) in my home directory from independent files (that is: My documents, music, e.g).
I think, I can change my operating system more quickly, since I leave all "dependent" files on my old system. I only copy and adapt a small amount of "dependant" files.
I have to admit, that some people don't like this idea. ;-)
Anyway, if doing so, I would partition as following, keeping in mind, that this layout is not very multi-user-friendly:
Code:
/: 20 gig (usually 15 gig are really enough)
unused: 20 gig (usually 15 gig are really enough)
swap: double size of my RAM 
/home/myowndir/documents: Remaining space, about 150gig
Finally I wrote much more than intended initially. Thanks four your patience. ;-)
 
Old 12-15-2007, 07:55 AM   #4
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Ask 5 people the same question---get 10 different answers.

Most people have no need for separate partitions for, e.g., /usr or /home. It is usually just fine to have only two: / and swap.

My system:
several partitions for different OSes--each ~10GB (each one mounted as / when that system is running.)
one swap (my reading says that 1GB is always enough--regardless of RAM size)
one partition for shared data (mounted at /home/data with individual folders accessed thru links)
empty space (unpartitioned) for future changes. (It's far easier and safer to add a partition than to resize an existing one)
 
Old 12-15-2007, 09:10 AM   #5
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Personally, I'd recommend more space for /home and less for the rest. For / including /usr I can't imagine using more than 15 GiB unless you intend to install every possible package under the sun. I find that all this takes only about 5-10 GiB.

An exception might be if you have a lot of data which gos in /var - like a whole cluster of web sites or something like that... for this maybe you want a separate partition.

Assuming a more normal desktop system use, I'd go for this:
/ - 20 gig
/home - 100 gig
swap 4 gig.

Rest - leave it unpartitioned. You can use it later for testing another distro, or as reserve space in case your /home gets too big.
 
Old 12-15-2007, 03:08 PM   #6
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swap 4 gig
These day's this is not needed to be this size 1 Gb is enough, any more is a wast.
 
Old 12-15-2007, 06:22 PM   #7
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For what It's worth: You don't really need all that storage space for just one distro. Here's my setup:

one 80 gig IDE drive divided as follows:

1. 20 gig Win XP
5. 8 gig PCLOS 2007 /
6. 3 gig PCLOS Swap
7. 9 gig PCLOS /home
8. 8 gig Debian etch /
9. 3 gig Debian Swap
10. 9 gig Debian /home
11. 20 gig unallocated/unformatted for experimenting.

Everything runs just fine, and has plenty of room. The swap files are unnecessarily big, but it made things neater. There is a second drive of 20 gig for archive storage which can be accessed by all of the apps-both Linux and Win.
 
Old 12-15-2007, 07:08 PM   #8
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You might as well share swap between different Linux OSes.
 
Old 12-16-2007, 02:56 AM   #9
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These day's this is not needed to be this size 1 Gb is enough, any more is a wast.
I was just going to say that, I get away with half a gig of swap on a machine with 256 mb of ram
 
  


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