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Old 08-20-2007, 08:00 PM   #1
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size of partitions recommended in opensuse 10.2 and lastest

What minimum size recommended should have the partition "/" and swap? (RAM 2GB)

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Old 08-20-2007, 09:54 PM   #2
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Talking 120 to 160 gigs would be nice for SuSE & SWAP Files

I Have installed SuSE several times and after installing everything I need in SuSE, it still uses less than 20 gigs. I have not been creating a separate /home partition as I have a separate partition to place all data files on and so not much goes into my home area. The SWAP file of 2 gig seems to work OK with 2 gigs of memory. In my latest setup, I allocated 80 gigs total between the SWAP and SuSE, but since I have used less than 20 gigs total in SuSE, there is a lot of free space.

I have SuSE 10.2 on an external USB hard drive. The drive is 500 gigs and I have a 78 gig ext3 partition for SuSE, 2 gigs for SWAP file and the remainder as FAT32 for common files for Windows and SuSE. I have an internal 160 gig drive that is NTFS for Windows and I load a driver that allows read/write access to a NTFS partition. The setup has worked just fine, but SuSE can get by with a lot less and just how big depends on where you place your data files. I see that my data files are at 45 gigs including a large music folder. In my case I could get everything in the ext3 partition that I have created for SuSE, but I would be down to 15 gigs free if I had done it that way.

I can say without a doubt that a 120 to 160 gig drive would give you lots of room for SuSE and many data files or MP3 files. If you start downloading Video files that is another matter. Also, FAT32 is not suitable for files larger than 2 gigs each.

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Old 08-21-2007, 02:59 AM   #3
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Sorry, my question more was directed to most minimum requirement for the OS and updatings. Then I will have another division /home with the remainder of the disk.

Thanks by your explanation

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Old 08-21-2007, 07:55 AM   #4
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swap & / partition size

I have Suse 10.2 on 2 laptops each with 1Gb RAM and desktop with 1.25Gb RAM. All 3 now have swap partitions at about 1Gb and seem to be happy. I have read here and on other forums, that once you get to 1Gb of swap, unless you are doing very large math calculations, or working with huge graphic files, then more swap doesn't help much. On the desktop I do webdesign, and regularly have Quanta+, gFTP, GIMP, Gwenview and a 2 or 3 browsers (Firefox, Opera & Konqueror) all open at the same time, and get almost no swap activity except when opening a new graphic file.

How big do you need to make the / partition? Well again that will depend on what you are doing. If you have a lot of big applications open at once, then the /tmp & /var directories can get big (temp files and logs). From my experience, if you have only 3 partitions (/, /home & swap) the 1Gb for swap, 15Gb for / & the rest for /home should do. I am now starting to use a separate /home/data partition, so that if I do an install that needs to blow away my /home partition I don't have to back up my data. You could also have separate partitions for /opt & /usr/local, where applications will put there files, and for /log where log files go. That way if anything there gets very big it won't cause too much hassle. On a server, you would probably have a big /var/log partition, and separate partitions for /web and /mail.

Partitioning is to personal taste, how much work you want to put in keeping it tidy, and how often you need to update/re-install the OS.

Here is a good guide to partitions from the tutorial section of this forum.
Old 08-21-2007, 12:45 PM   #5
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Very thanks.

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