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Old 10-28-2006, 11:02 AM   #1
Kristian2
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newly formatted partition contains used space


I created partitions (with PartitionMagic8) and apart from the filesystem table they should contain nothing, however, I have the following used space already:
The following table doesn't seem to line out with spaces hence the dashes (sorry about that).

-------Size(MB) ----- Used(MB)
/swap 855 ------------ 0
/root 14,747 -------- 63
/tmp 502 ----------- 31
/var 400 ----------- 28
/usr 20,418 ------- 673
/home 15,045 ------- 504
/boot 31 ------------- 5

I don't suppose this has anything to do with clustersize waste, as nothing is present already and the waste seems not evenly distributed over the partitionsizes.
Before I install I would like to know where this magically comes from. Have I missed something?

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Old 10-28-2006, 11:11 AM   #2
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It depends what filesystem you are using.

ext2, reserves some space for the root user, this happens automatically. You can use some options when making the filesystems so that it does not. However it is need on most partitions so that if a another user fills it up you can still log on as root to clear things out.

ext3, same as ext2 but also the journal takes up space.

rieserfs, i think it reserves some space (can somebody else clarify this please) and also for the journal.

There are other filesystems out there but I haven't played with them yet.


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Old 10-28-2006, 11:21 AM   #3
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The partitions were formatted as ext3, still, /usr and /home contain quite some unused space compared to /root and are comparable in size. I don't see the logic behind this.

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Old 10-28-2006, 03:38 PM   #4
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That is a good point. Unfortunately I don't know the answer to that. Hopefully someone else will.

 
Old 10-29-2006, 12:50 AM   #5
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Originally Posted by Kristian2
The partitions were formatted as ext3, still, /usr and /home contain quite some unused space compared to /root and are comparable in size. I don't see the logic behind this.
I have absolutely no idea about the used space, but that does make sense about the differences in / and /home. There would be no reason to save extra space for root in /, since only root can write there anyway, unless the permissions were changed.
 
  


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