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Old 02-14-2005, 03:26 PM   #1
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Just installed Debian Woody r2.

During the install, I did not see an option to put my /home, /var, etc on seperate partions. I create a swap and created a primary linux partion and off it went?

Seems like I remeber seeing /home and other filesystems on different partions on different flavors of linux. I am sure I am missing something>

How is your debian filesystems partioned?


Old 02-14-2005, 03:44 PM   #2
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i have everything on a single partition(except swap).I recomend u to install the latest woody or ,to get the latest packages, the unstable version(wich is stable )
Old 02-14-2005, 04:36 PM   #3
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By default /var /home and the rest are on the same partition. In debian usually there are only two partitions, the main partition and the swap.

Old 02-14-2005, 08:24 PM   #4
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Its usually good for new users to have everything on the same partition, but once you get to know the system, change it about, mine is as follows. I know its not standard, but it works for me

/ - the root partition 10 gb (tmp lives there for DVD mastering etc)
/usr - 10gb (considering /usr local in its own)
/var - 10gb a bit of a luxery,
/home - 40gb
/mirror 10 gb- stuff shared across my network like a local debian mirror and shared folders
/data - 20gb - HD space left over

And this is dual boot, so I put about 120mb to windows to store mp3s and games on windows which I can use ( partitions for mp3s and games and the OS)

Many people will say I could have done it better, but, its my computer, and this is what worked out for me and it works fine, which is the main thing.

Get to know the system and what you want from it. There is no right and wrong way to partition. I have no boot partition, but I cannot see the point of it, similarly /opt (maybe if I ran suse yes).

I know many people do not like separate partitions, but a few months ago I had a power outage and the system was writing to my root partition, I could not access it at all, the whole thing was corrupt, but al my data was on separate partitions, so not a big loss

The debian Sarge installer does give you the option of very detailed partitioning.


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