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Old 10-12-2003, 11:16 AM   #1
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Question Linux partitions and OS install control

Hi, another newbie here. I was wondering if anyone can help me demystify the linux partitions. I have mandrake 9 installed with the following partitions: root, boot, home, tmp, usr, and var. I have noticed that the usr partition is almost completely full. I also got errors during installation that said I didn't have enough room. I thought the majority of the OS was installed in the root partition? Is there any way to control where the OS is installed? What all is actually on the usr partition; this is anew install and I haven't added anything to the system?
Old 10-12-2003, 11:25 AM   #2
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first thing - as a newbie, you should have installed mdk using default options - / partition for everything + swap (+ maybe /home partition so you could reinstall without loosing personal data)
and now, i'll explain partitions stuff - boot is the smallest, used for booting information and loaders (couple of MBs); usr should be biggest, since majority of user apps are installed there; /tmp is for temporary files.
you can probably control partitions once os is installed, but it shouldn't be easy at all (i don't know how to do it)
p.s. how big is your HD?
Old 10-12-2003, 11:35 AM   #3
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Thank you!!!

Thanks... my hd is actually 4 9 gig scsi drives arrayed together to act as one big drive. I just partitioned wrong. I didn't want to use the default partition scheme because I do have a windows partition on it for some other software I use. I am taking a class for Unix and I guess the book led me astray as to what the partitions needed to be sized at. It even suggested that a usr partition wasn't necessary. Again thanks for the help!!!
Old 10-12-2003, 12:05 PM   #4
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take a look at introduction to linux guide


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