Latest LQ Deal: Latest LQ Deals
Go Back > Forums > Linux Forums > Linux - Newbie
User Name
Linux - Newbie This Linux forum is for members that are new to Linux.
Just starting out and have a question? If it is not in the man pages or the how-to's this is the place!


  Search this Thread
Old 12-31-2018, 08:34 AM   #16
Senior Member
Registered: Jul 2016
Location: USA
Distribution: Slackware64-Current
Posts: 1,021

Rep: Reputation: 508Reputation: 508Reputation: 508Reputation: 508Reputation: 508Reputation: 508

The size of / depends on how much you plan to build packages and how much you plan to install on your system because the files and tmp are on this partition. I'd go with 75-100 GB on / if you plan to really add stuff to it. I keep var, /, and boot on the same partition. It really is up to what you plan to do on your system. If you want to install lots of stuff or build lots of programs then it will add up and you will need the space. If you plan to use hibernation then RAM supposedly is supposed to be at least the same amount as the amount of ram you have on your system:

Unless you install a lot of operating systems the efi partition only needs 100 MB.
Old 12-31-2018, 10:15 AM   #17
Senior Member
Registered: Jan 2003
Location: Illinois (SW Chicago 'burbs)
Distribution: Currently: openSUSE, Raspbian, Slackware. Formerly: CentOS, MacOS, Red Hat. Other: Solaris, Tru64
Posts: 1,726

Rep: Reputation: 212Reputation: 212Reputation: 212
There are about as many ways of setting up partitions as there are Linux installations and everyone has their own "right way". :^D

Just a couple of comments:

I would have allocated more space for swap---at least 2X physical memory. Part of that comes from managing Oracle RDBMS servers for years and those tended to use a lot swap (4X physical RAM was the suggestion in their installation guide). I have multiple disks on most of my systems and spread equal-sized swap around on multiple disks and give them the same priority. I find that performance seems to degrade more on systems with less swap when things get busy. Browsers, in particular, seem to eat RAM like candy. (As they say: YMMV.) Hibernation? I don't think I've ever used that on my main desktop system or the servers on the home network but use that feature a lot on my laptop. It saves a lot of work when resuming work after a break, long meeting, long lunch, etc.

I also have a separate /opt partition (and a separate /usr/local, for that matter). Call me old school (for adhering to the old SysV convention) but that's where I install applications that I update on my own--either via manually downloaded updates or those that I'm building from sources--and applications that are "not part of the OS" (browsers, mail clients, etc). Part of the reason is to ease operating system updates---I unmount those disks/partitions when I'm doing major OS updates and, especially, when moving to a new version.


Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is Off
HTML code is Off

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
define different physical sizes on Multiple Monitors of different sizes MasterC Linux - Desktop 2 03-18-2008 05:24 PM
New iptables configuration critique gizza23 Linux - Networking 11 08-06-2005 11:05 PM
Partitioning Critique Wanted Skazi Slackware 7 08-11-2004 03:20 PM
Tieing up loose ends on Web Page (Critique needed) johnp General 3 05-14-2004 12:03 AM
can experienced java users critique this? megaspaz Programming 8 01-24-2003 01:43 AM > Forums > Linux Forums > Linux - Newbie

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 07:00 PM.

Main Menu
Write for LQ is looking for people interested in writing Editorials, Articles, Reviews, and more. If you'd like to contribute content, let us know.
Main Menu
RSS1  Latest Threads
RSS1  LQ News
Twitter: @linuxquestions
Facebook: linuxquestions Google+: linuxquestions
Open Source Consulting | Domain Registration