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Old 07-21-2004, 08:41 PM   #1
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Linux partitioning...

This is just something I have been wondering for a while. See a while back when I was doing some reading up on Linux I remember reading that Linux likes it when you partition things. Now currently, I just did the auto-partition thing for now. The site said stuff on how they recommended keeping /var and some of those other directories on separate partitions (mentioned some things about log files and what not). Now for home use of course I can't see a reason why to do all the partitioning but are those recommendations for those that run servers and what not?
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Yes, they are ...

The next step up from a hard-disk failure is
file-system corruption. And to have logs, home
or other things on a different partition makes
sense. The logs for an audit-trail. /home on
a separate partition would make sense for
a home user, too, btw ;)

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Yes, partitioning comes in handy for server use. It aids in performance (when you can put different partitions on different disks, possibly different controllers). Also, it allows for more easy quota management (since mail spools, home directories, www files, etc. usually wind up on separate partitions). Further, if you mount disks remotely (e.g. via NFS) you obviously need those remote drives to be partitioned. Even for home users partitioning helps. If you keep /home on a separate partition, for instance, you can keep it intact when reinstalling Linux -- just don't format /home's partition. In short, there are quite a number of reasons to do partitioning, most of which are useful for those who run servers, but also for the home user.


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