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Old 05-13-2005, 02:47 AM   #1
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Setting up RHEL... rookie to Linux

Hi guys, i am setting up a RHEL server for mail and dns

while setting up, we can set partitions right? What are the purpose for the different partitions? tmp, swap, boot, root, usr,etc, var etv.. what are the kind of files each folder/partition hold primarily? Can never understand..

secondly, i have set my network (eth0) to DHCP on start but it can't detect.. how do i configure it after installation to change it to static IP? where are the settings that i need to change?

thirdly, how do i start creating email account and testing it.. i installed squirrelmail with the installation

please advise
Old 05-13-2005, 05:03 PM   #2
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The answer to your first question is it depends on what you want you Linux box to do. I'm sure that everyone has their own answers to this question. I am still figuring it out for myself but if I'm doing a generic install (not for a database, or a specific application) I tend to go very basic:

100 M /boot
1500 M /var (log files go here and can get out of control if it fills up it won't kill your system) If this is going to be a webserver with a bunch of content make this bigger or create a /var/www partition.
2 time RAM for swap
the rest I usually leave /
If users are actually logging into the box (not just using services) I will allocate a few gig to /home (again if it fills up it won't kill the system)

I usually leave a couple gig un-formatted in case i need to put it somewhere.

Table 3-2 at shows each of the file systems and defines what goes in each. Maybe it will make it a bit clearer.

Network card:
/etc/sysconfig/network-scripts/ifcfg-eth1 is teh config file for a second nic.

It shouuld look something like this for static:

If Linux is not seeing your nic, I have not had much luck fixing that. I usually just put in a nic RHEL knows about. I'm sure there is a way, I'm just not quite to the level to give advice on it.

I've never setup e-mail, so I can't help.



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