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Old 06-14-2012, 12:33 PM   #1
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I am setting up UBUNTU 12.04 desktop for sharing files with about 10 users in small office. It is HP Proliant ML 150 G6 server with 2 TB HDD.

Basically I share one directory where users will put shared contents.

The server has 2GB Memory. I have also plan to use this server for running a small CRM application which uses PostGresSQL.

I need help with the following.

Initially I thought I will partition as follows

Boot 300 MB
/ 300 GB
/HOME 1.5 TB

I had some hanging problem so I reformatted the drive and used default install.

Default install did not Partition drive with multiple partition.

What is the best size I should set for partition. Anything I missed while deciding partition? Do I need separate partition for /usr /bin etc?

Thank you in advance.
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You don't need separate partitions for anything----but the setup you described looks reasonable.

If the Ubuntu installer won't set up the partitions the way you want them**, you could try Gparted. This is a Live Linux CD that is pretty handy to have available.

**surprising----you might want to try again and tell us exactly what happens.
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300GB for the root partition seems like alot or did you mean to type 30GB
Perhaps 30GB for /
6 GB for swap and the rest for whatever else.

Good luck to you
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You can manually partition in Ubuntu but as you're partitioning you have to label the partitions for there usage.
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I have also plan to use this server for running a small CRM application which uses PostGresSQL.
Check where this installs itself and puts its DB/files etc.
Best not to have them on the root partition.

As above, root=30GB is more reasonable, but you may want to put /var (logfiles, mail etc) on a larger non-root partition.

The point is that runaway processes can create a lot of data and logfiles, so keep them off the root partition, that way it shouldn't(?) hang if the data/log partition fills up.
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Thanks everyone for help. Appreciated.

So in summary I will create as follows.

/Boot 100 MB

/ 100 GB
/var 100 GB
/Home 300 GB

/Data 1 TB

All my shared files (file sharing among 10 users) will resides in /Data/Shared
All database files (CRM files ) /Data/CRM

If I missed anything or any changes required please let me know.

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You'll want /var ~=10GB on a production server. / should be ~=17GB /boot ~=150MB.


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