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#1 2005-08-08 01:38:34

viniosity
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how big for / ?

I'm going to redo my Arch install and break my partition table into swap / and /home.  I figure I need about 4-5 GB for /home but I have no idea how large I should make my / partition.  Any rule of thumb I should follow?

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#2 2005-08-08 02:03:22

ozar
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Re: how big for / ?

Any size you want it really, as long as it's big enough to hold all your files and then do any work you need to do within root.  I usually make mine about 6-gigs, but have gone with smaller and sometimes bigger / partitions, depending on the distro.

HTH  smile


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#3 2005-08-08 02:47:15

archdaemon
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Re: how big for / ?

viniosity wrote:

Any rule of thumb I should follow?

Find out how big it is now. If you're cramped, make it bigger; if you're wasting space, make it smaller. wink

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#4 2005-08-08 05:51:47

Cotton
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Re: how big for / ?

You could always try lvm2 so you could expand your partitions as required.  But would recommend you have separate /, opt, usr, var & home partitions.

How to:

http://bbs.archlinux.org/viewtopic.php? … hlight=lvm

also useful:

http://wiki.archlinux.org/index.php/Ins … AID_or_LVM

Once its setup, its pretty transparent.

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#5 2005-08-08 06:35:51

rasat
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Re: how big for / ?

Cotton wrote:

But would recommend you have separate /, opt, usr, var & home partitions.

In my experience, when having many separate partitions slow down the speed. Currently I am having separate /home and a backup of /var/lib and /etc

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#6 2005-08-08 11:36:26

Cotton
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Re: how big for / ?

The main reason for separate partitions is that it is simpler. 

For / to be on a logical volume, I believe an initrd is required.

Out of interest, what sort of speed difference are you talking about?

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#7 2005-08-08 11:53:33

rasat
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Re: how big for / ?

Its quite long time ago when still using KDE. The /opt and /var was in separate partition. When changed to single, there was a noticeable difference in loading KDE apps.

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#8 2005-08-09 03:37:21

iBertus
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Re: how big for / ?

I keep my / and /home on separate disks to make things more modular when dealing with several distros. At least that was the plan. Now, I'm just using arch big_smile

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