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Old 02-22-2006, 07:53 PM   #1
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Standard disc partition sizes for Fedora?

Hello All,

A general question, sorry if it doesn't belong here:

Does an installation of Fedora have anything to do with the partition sizes of a servers hard disc.

I have a dedicated box that has Fedora 3 installed via auto install scripts from the provider. When logged in as root using the 'df -h' command, the root partition only has about 80MB allocated to it.

Is this a standard practice for servers and Fedora installs? I would think that the root directory would have a much higher capacity, or is that just the point for security and efficiency, to install software and databases on other partitions away from the root?

Thanks for any clarifications.
Old 02-22-2006, 10:32 PM   #2
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The distro (Fedora) has nothing to do with the partiton sizes. Any distro can have partitions of any size.

I would rather expect most servers to have a small root partiton, as for the most part, nothing should go in root. The key is, what partitons are there, and what size are they? If you have a seperate /var, /usr, /etc, /home, and /boot, and they are all of decent size, then you're all set. The size of the disks aren't a huge factor in any case. Unless it is a file server of some sort, most web servers would be just fine with under 10GB of total size. It all depends on what the server is doing, and to how many people, etc....

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partition sizes

Thanks for the reply Jim.

The reason I asked is because I am meaning to install a content management system that has scripts that automatically install to a directory that is expected to exist in the root (/) directory. The size of the software is much larger than the allocated size of my current root partition.

A friend had reminded me that I can use the ln -s /directory /path/to/directory command to create a link from an alias directory to an actual directory. That's exactly what I did and it works great.

I don't know if this is a standard practice with certain types of installs within Linux where apps, files or directories need to reference a path beginning at root and actually exist elsewhere.

Thanks again for your help.

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Sounds like a rather poorly designed application if it has to be installed in a particular directory. Are you sure it's not configurable somewhere?


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