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Old 11-02-2003, 04:16 PM   #1
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Multiple linux partitions

Hi all,

I just built a new pc and i'm intending to just have linux on it. I've read in the past about multiple partitions and i'm looking to do something like on my new system. The posts i have read on this subject, everyone seems to have different ideas about how to do it and now i'm confused. I'm not sure how to split my HD up and what sizes to make the partitions (well i know how to split it up if you know what i mean).

My intention is to have Slackware as my main OS and have a partition for LFS which i kinda fancy having a bash at when i have some time. Here's my plan anyway...i have a 40Gig HD + 512M Ram.

/boot = 100mb
/home = ?
/swap = 512mb
/ = ?
/var = 400mb
/LFS = 4-5 Gig (?)

Maybe could take the var out, i read that it's handy if you have alot of logs and stuff, if so then it i will be confined to a limited space. I am all for /home as there us a good chance i will have to reinstall at some point, keeping the same home is a good idea. Just not sure what size to make the other partitions and should i use all the HD. Also is this a good layout or would something else be better.

Also once i have done all this and start the installation how does linux know which partitions to use, ie putting var where you want var to be?

Thanks for any help anyone can offer.

Old 11-02-2003, 04:20 PM   #2
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I'd make /home 4-5GB and use the rest for /. 5GB should be OK for LFS. You don't need separate /var, especially when you don't know how much space you need for it.


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