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Old 09-20-2005, 01:13 PM   #1
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I am setting up server running RHEL AS 4 which will be running a Oracle database. I am looking for tips or suggestions on partioning my drives. Currently I have 6 SCSI drives, configured in RAID 1 with a hardware RAID controler. I have set a /boot partion and several /swap partions. The extra space from these three volumes I set as LVM and gave this space to /.
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I've never set up a RAID volume, but perhaps my experience with my home computer can give you some insight.

I have 5 partitions: swap, /home, /boot, /usr, root (/).

Why this setup? If I do something disastrous in /home, that's all I risk. Not much of a risk if you keep current backups somewhere.

If I'm messing around in /boot, I'd better know what I'm doing, OR ELSE. But, if I do mess something up, I can boot up Knoppix and fix it. /boot is also the part that holds the bootloader, compressed kernel image, initrd, system map, etc. All seperate from anything else I might break.

/usr has the documentation and Linux source installation. I know enough about html that I can cat an html document and read what I need to know to fix something I broke. The source installation I want seperate from the rest of the system, so that if I break something in another partition, enough of the system will boot that I can still work in command-line mode.

/ holds everything else, which is stuff I seldom mess with except via installation of software and not by file edits.

I've had the unfortunate experience of breaking something (a few times), but I was still able to boot to runlevel 3 and fix it.

'nuf said.

Last edited by bigrigdriver; 09-20-2005 at 06:10 PM.


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