Review your favorite Linux distribution.
Go Back > Forums > Linux Forums > Linux - Newbie
User Name
Linux - Newbie This Linux forum is for members that are new to Linux.
Just starting out and have a question? If it is not in the man pages or the how-to's this is the place!


  Search this Thread
Old 04-29-2007, 04:10 PM   #1
Registered: Jul 2004
Posts: 58

Rep: Reputation: 15
partioning system

I would like to know what is the correct way to set up partions basically what all partions do I need. I've seen some articles where they only create swap, /boot and /. Also for server setups I've seen where a /tmp /var are recommended how large should var and tmp be?
Old 04-29-2007, 04:13 PM   #2
Registered: Jun 2001
Location: UK
Distribution: Gentoo, RHEL, Fedora, Centos
Posts: 43,417

Rep: Reputation: 1984Reputation: 1984Reputation: 1984Reputation: 1984Reputation: 1984Reputation: 1984Reputation: 1984Reputation: 1984Reputation: 1984Reputation: 1984Reputation: 1984
there is no "correct" at all, it depends how you wish to use the system. if you don't know about why you want to do this, don't bother, and let an installer use a basic default as you said above.
Old 04-30-2007, 06:40 PM   #3
Registered: Oct 2006
Location: brisbane - australia
Distribution: ubuntu
Posts: 335

Rep: Reputation: 38
having several partitions can be handy later when experience grows. i have learned that it is handy to have a large partition for '/home', about 6gb to 8gb for '/', 512mb for swap and recently I found it handy to have a separate partition for '/var' about 1gb will do. the latter is where synaptic stores all the package files (at the moment for me now 648mb i use). if you are using several distro's that use the same base os (debian in my case) you can let them us the same '/var' partition which certainly speeds up any upgrade and software installs as synaptic will only download package files that are not already in '/var/cache/apt/archives'. make sure your sources lists have many of the same links in the distro's installed on the system. you can also use the contents of '/var/cache/apt/archives' to help speed up upgrading and installing software on other machines that you may have. it just saves you downloading the same files time and time again, in my case with my so called broadband connection with a maximum of 54kb/s these downloads can take up hours otherwise, now it is minutes.


Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is Off
HTML code is Off

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
partioning the hardrive gibney Linux - Newbie 10 03-07-2007 03:38 PM
Partioning question testforechozero Linux - General 1 07-21-2005 08:51 PM
Yet another partioning question mwjeff Debian 12 03-14-2004 12:33 PM
Need help with partioning etc.... SykoMachine Slackware 34 02-09-2004 10:00 PM
partioning, i need help diminishedpower Linux - Software 0 08-12-2003 03:59 AM > Forums > Linux Forums > Linux - Newbie

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 03:27 AM.

Main Menu
Write for LQ is looking for people interested in writing Editorials, Articles, Reviews, and more. If you'd like to contribute content, let us know.
Main Menu
RSS1  Latest Threads
RSS1  LQ News
Twitter: @linuxquestions
Open Source Consulting | Domain Registration