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Old 08-15-2005, 10:05 AM   #1
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Question Need help in creating partitions in Ubuntu 5.04


I am new to Ubuntu
I need help on creating partitions
What sizes shud i give to / , /root , /home & others??
Is it necessary to have a swap space?What is it used for & how do i create that?

I have Win 2000 and an unpartitioned 12.4 GB drive

Old 08-15-2005, 10:33 AM   #2
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/ is where all the stuff you dont assign a seperate partition goes
/dev - devices, not too big put it in /
/proc - freekey wierd process folder put it in /
/mnt is where the links to your floppy and cdrom drives go, put it in /

id put theese on a seperate partition:

/home is your files - the ones you create and the settings for your programs. (it should be big enough to hold your mp3 collection :P)
/usr and /opt is where the things you install go
/var and /tmp is where random files programs use while there running go

on my computer 100gig
/usr and /home are boath on seperate partitions and / is everything else

if your worried about space only make 1 partition '/' and everything else should go in there - linux should only take 5 gig.... if you have a lot of space, partitioning helps improve performance a bit, so seperate your partitions if you want.

as for space required:
my / partition is currentally 3 gig full with 2 gig to spair
my /usr is currentally 11 gig out of 13 gig
and my /home is 41 gig out of 70 gig ^_^

im using gentoo however, and doing a lot of whackey development stuffs, so im sure you could easily fit umbuntu on 12 gig... maby 6 for the system and 6 for /home?

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Old 08-15-2005, 03:32 PM   #3
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i have my 30GB HDD setup as swap 512MB (same as installed ram)
the rest of the HDD as / (root)

on install the partition manager will let u pick the partition/drive u wish to install ubuntu on
choose the partition that u wish to install on and let ubuntu do the rest ...
Old 08-15-2005, 06:59 PM   #4
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I usually like to set the / partition to about 5GB and make the SWAP about 1GB-2GB and then make the rest of the free space at /home. The swap partition is made in the installer. Normally you would select the partition type as ext2, ext3, etc. and you'll also notice that swap is in the list. Select swap as the partition type and set the desired size and that's about all. So, when you are partitioning, you want to create an ext3 partition of about 5GB mounted at /. Then, create a swap partition of about 512MB-1GB. Then, make the rest of your free space an ext3 partition mounted at /home. Partitioning can be a bit confusing at times, but it is a powerful thing to learn. You can enhance your OS's performance by making your OS installed on its own partition (usually at /) and all of your personal files on a separate partition (usually at /home). Good luck and ENJOY UBUNTU!
Old 08-16-2005, 11:40 PM   #5
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This is how I would set mine up

/boot - 32mb (ext2)
swap - 512 mb - 1 gig (Depends on how I feel when I do it)
/ - no more than 5gb - ext3
/home - the rest - ext3

But like everything else its really up to you and you will get 100 different answers if you ask 100 people.

Minimum you should have a swap and /. I know people that just run two and never have an issue. I like to seperate /home just in case something happens or I want to try a new distro.




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