[sclug] RE: Newbie, partitioning 120Gb HDD - recommendations?

David Given dg at cowlark.com
Sat Jan 15 13:55:29 UTC 2005

Alan Pope wrote:
> I just installed on a 200GB disk, and just created one big / and some
> swap, thats all. Some people would have you create a /, /usr, /home,
> /var etc but I dont bother.

I'd second this, for a desktop system. Multiple partitions are just a 
pain, and unnecessary for anything other than a hard-core server.

When I install a desktop system, I usually do (in order from the 
beginning of the disk):

/boot --- 10MB
swap --- 512MB or a gigabyte
/ --- everything else

The /boot first is because lilo is a touch happier with loading kernels 
from near the beginning of the disk. (Don't know is this is still a 
problem these days.)

However, with disk sizes getting so ridiculous, I'm beginning to stick 
another gigabyte partition in between /boot and swap for a rescue 
partition: a complete if basic Linux installation I can boot from if the 
main system goes belly-up. Although, with Knoppix, this is less necessary.

David Given
dg at cowlark.com

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