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To add to it, this is probably one of the safest ways to clean your /tmp (if you so desire) on every shutdown. One alternative is rm -rf in a root-level script somewhere, and god help you if you make a typoi, or mount something under /tmp by mistake, or have /tmp missing and your script still doing something dumb anyway.
Okay so based on all of these suggestions (and trying to come to some happy medium where there were some conflicting suggestions), would this be an appropriate partition scheme for a 116 GB hard drive for a desktop environment(in this order)?
The only real question I have is with /tmp. When partitioning with fdisk, should I be making a separate partition if I plan to use tmpfs or is this something that is prepared automatically or later in the installation? Is it not easier just to partition 5 GB as ext3 for /tmp (based on GazL's previous post it doesn't seem like tmpfs results in a significant performance boost)?
If you want to use tmpfs for /tmp you just add later the entry given by GazL in post #28 to your /etc/fstab. You don't do anything about /tmp in fdisk in that case.
Ig you don't want to use tmpfs just make / a bit larger, IMHO a separate /tmp is not necessary in that case.
Okay - well TobiSGD is also in favour of a simpler partition scheme. The only reason I made it a bit more complicated is because, from what I understood, compartmentalizing the system can limit damage if errors occur in one part of the system. If you don't think this is accurate, maybe it would just be best for me to stick to a simpler partition, especially since I clearly don't know entirely what I am doing and am mostly relying on the information from others....
Also, like I mentioned in an earlier post, the slackware site itself mentions swap, / , /home, and /usr as useful partitions. This is why I leaned towards including a separate /usr...
Fair enough. If you want to do it that way then go for it. it's all a learning experience. The way I partition my systems has evolved over time as I've learnt what works for me and what doesn't and I have adapted it accordingly. Try your everything split up idea and see if it suits you, if it doesn't you can always re-install later with a different layout.
I am tired of switching back and forth between partitioning ideas. I am just going to keep it simple and if I realize later that I need to switch it, I will. I think moving from a simpler to more complicated/specialized scheme is the more logical evolution anyways.