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Old 12-30-2003, 12:20 PM   #1
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Smile New Install - but question about partitions

Hi, just installed Slackware 9.1. All went well, everything boots OK and runs OK but now I am having second thoughts about my partitions. So I want to find out if I did right or should I go back and re-partition and re-install before I start doing abunch of stuff.

Linux is on its own HD - 20 gig. Partitions are:
/dev/hdc1 / 1000mb primary, bootable
created an extended partition for rest of drive
/dev/hdc5 /swap 700mb logical
/dev/hdc6 /tmp 1000mb logical
/dev/hdc7 /var 1000mb logical
/dev/hdc8 /usr 5000mb logical
/dev/hdc9 /home 11317mb logical

I am assuming that they all mount ok as they all show up in the directory.
Would appreciate any comments as to whether this is a good setup.

Also I ran gimp thru KDE when I was still logged on as root and it seemed to instlall a bunch of files in the root directory. Now that I am logging on with a regular user ID can I delete those files that gimp installed.

Lastly is there a file viewer I can run from the prompt, as opposed to using the ls command.

This is my first install of Linux since five years ago when I tried Mandrake. Linux has come along way in those five years. Looked around at all the distros and chose Slackware and I am pleased so far.

Old 12-30-2003, 03:36 PM   #2
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welcome geodd,

about the hardware setup, i would wait some of the forum gurus to give a better answer..
about the software questions..
if you want to erase some files from root user, i don't see any other possibility: you should
sudo rm "file.names" - you change the user and do that as root
about the file viewer i can advice konqueror.. it a kde application... you can start it typing "konqueror" in your terminal..
Happy New Year!
Old 12-31-2003, 05:57 AM   #3
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Yes you can remove thefiles that gimp installed. About partitions, you have LOTS of space there, so not much to worry about, unless you decide to do some heavy, heavy 'loop' mounted work, in whcih case you might want more swap, but this is not likely. I personally just keep everything under one partition, except for /home and swap of course. Kinda depends on how hard your software and hardware is to configure. I can reconfigure a new install pretty easily and quickly so it doesn't bother me to reinstall as long as /home is safe. Your scheme is much safer though. BTW, I do mine this way because I just hace 6GB HD and at times have win98 and 3 or 4 distros running all on one disk. So my case is quite distinct from yours.
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thats a pretty good setup. i usually make one for swap, one for / and one for /home and i usually give / more space than home for the /usr directory. never really thought of putting /usr on its own partition
Old 01-05-2004, 12:02 AM   #5
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Having /usr separate is especially good if you use lots of programs that you compile on your box or programs that are not part of your installation disk set. Since these are usually installed under /usr and /usr/local it keeps them 'safe' if you have to reinstall sometime. /opt is where KDE installs itself and some other programs that don't 'conform' to the Linux file structure.


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