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Old 10-10-2004, 02:39 PM   #1
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Partition Schema

Hello everyone,

Installed Mandy (9.1) to dual boot with windows, on my laptop. I let Linux install itself on a 8GB (unallocated) partition. It created three partitions: /(root) - /swap - /home. It seems that I should have chosen to customize the partitioning.

Looking for a basic (rule of thumb) schema – i.e.:
/ (root) – how large? – what data/files would go in this partition ??
/swap – 1GB
/boot - how large? – what data/files would go in this partition ??
/var - how large? – what data/files would go in this partition ??
/temp - how large?
/home - how large?
/some other directory(s) that would benefit being on its own partition - ?

Additional facts for consideration;
There is only 1 user.
This is not a production machine.
No “server” services running.
There is a 4GB (fat32) data partition (this is to allow me to access my (existing) documents from either OS).

I know there are differing opinions on partitioning – I’m just looking for a generalized idea or a source of information.

Old 10-10-2004, 02:45 PM   #2
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/home is where your files will stay. So you have to think about what you're going to use it for. Like documents only aren't going to fill up a few GB partition easily while music or films can do. I have mine at 5 GB cause I don't have many large files in my /home.
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If it's just a home use machine, just having /, /home, and swap is probably sufficient. Most applications go in /usr, so it can be handy to have this as a separate partition. /boot should always go on the beginning of the hard drive, and is small (<100 MB) and stores only kernel images/ram disks, i.e. boot related stuff. It's sometimes used to get around limitations with older BIOSes only being able to boot from a kernel located on the first 1024 hard drive cylinders. Usually a lot of mail, WWW site files and such can be stored in /var (but this is all customizable), so usually servers need a separate /var partition.

There's no hard and fast rule on this -- it depends on what the machine is to be used for. For the basic home system, it's probably just sufficient to have a separate /home partition, so you can keep your data if you need reinstall.
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No music or video's on this unit. It's my working machine when out of the office.

Old 10-10-2004, 02:53 PM   #5
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Appreciate that info - it gives me a starting place.

Thanks for the assistance,



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