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Old 07-06-2003, 06:14 AM   #1
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Downside to using only 1 partition?


What are the potential problems with using just one partition for your linux installation? (One partition plus a swap partition, that is). I seem to do a bad job of guessing how much space I will need on each partition, and I find myself running out of space on one partition while having gigabytes leftover on another.

So is there a problem with just putting it all on one partition? Are any filesystems particularly good or bad at handling big partitions?
 
Old 07-06-2003, 06:23 AM   #2
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Performance, security, restrictions...

That's why I do anyway. Security:
How often do you use, say /boot after you've booted up? Not often. So if you can umount that partition after bootup, then that's nice.

How much of your filesystem do you want to be taken up by every users pr0n files? Not much, so giving /home a little less room always helps (this could also be done with quotas).

As for a filesystem? Ext3 works just fine.

For the average user/n00b a single large partition is a great idea. Works just fine, you can figure out your needs, and then if you get more drives you can mount different mount points on them if you'd like, this would also help with performance a lot.

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Old 07-06-2003, 06:37 AM   #3
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a simple example reason to want to split a system up:

I run gentoo and freebsd on my system, by putting /home in it's own partition, i can share my home directory automatically between linux and bsd... super.

a more advanced example reason to want to split a system up:

my mail server only has a small drive on it, with on avergae 200mb free at any one time. I managed to end up with a nasty mail loop in it which caused my mailbox to get stuffed full of error emails. if my /var (where mail lives) was on a different partition by itself then only that partition would have got stuffed and i'd have been able to connect to the system and easily fix it. but as it was on a single partition it caused a number of additional services to fail as there was no space free on the drive to create their temprary files, so i couldn't fix it remotely...
 
  


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