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#1 2012-09-26 23:11:39

melongex
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Games Partition

Hi guys!
Nowadays I see myself more and more playing in Linux - thanks to humble indie bundle. However, I really do not like to spam my ssd with games, I merely want my day to day applications on there. Is there any solution to change the destination of specific packages, or do I have to edit the PKGBUILD everytime? (Maybe a hidden switch in pacman to override the destination)

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#2 2012-09-26 23:14:43

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Re: Games Partition

Edit PKGBUILD is my guess.  Maybe establish a standard under /opt mounted to a physical disk.

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#3 2012-09-26 23:42:58

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Re: Games Partition

Just tried to add a pkgdir=/games/torchlight to the torchlight-hib package (a hdd is mounted to /games). Everything installs fine, but when starting the game the screen just stays blank (installation without the pkgdir didn't give me this issue), so maybe it is not so easy after all ...

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#4 2012-09-27 00:13:46

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Re: Games Partition

You'll likely have to it in the configure step as well.  Is it the prefix flag?


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#5 2012-09-27 01:52:21

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Re: Games Partition

For Torchlight you can choose the target dir you want… (if you don’t use any PKGBUILD but simply the installer).

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#6 2012-09-27 08:09:59

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Re: Games Partition

Games don't write that often. In comparison, the web browser writes about 100 times more often, each time you visit a website.

Stop worrying so much. There was a study (on Tom's Hardware, I think), which stated that even if you write 100 GB per day (which is highly unlikely), it would still last 50-something years. Heh. In less than 10 years you'll probably give it away for free to some cousin or something like that anyway, and replace it with something bigger and better.


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#7 2012-09-27 09:05:46

melongex
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Re: Games Partition

Actually, it is the space on my ssd what concerns me, since it has only 70 gb.
However, I think mounting a hdd to /opt seems to be a good solution.

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#8 2012-09-27 09:07:44

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Re: Games Partition

Oh, only 70 GB... Come on!


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#9 2012-09-27 11:26:02

melongex
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Re: Games Partition

Come on! I am asking for a solution or hints, not your opinion

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#10 2012-09-27 12:10:08

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Re: Games Partition

I believe that games with lots of data store those in /opt, so the easiest way around this would be to move /opt to a partition on an HDD.
Try

du -sh /opt

to see how much data there's in there.

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#11 2012-09-27 12:26:35

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Re: Games Partition

DSpider wrote:

Games don't write that often. In comparison, the web browser writes about 100 times more often, each time you visit a website.

Precisely why I wrote Profile-sync-daemontongue


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#12 2012-09-27 12:57:03

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Re: Games Partition

Do you mean this?

       -r, --root <path>
           Specify an alternative installation root (default is /). This should not be used as a way to install software into /usr/local instead of /usr. This option is used if you want
           to install a package on a temporary mounted partition that is "owned" by another system.  NOTE: if database path or logfile are not specified on either the command line or in
           pacman.conf(5), their default location will be inside this root path.

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#13 2012-09-27 15:27:53

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Re: Games Partition

I tried moving the Torchlight folder and creating a new symlink, Torchlike still started as it should. I don't see why this should not work. However, I'm with MadCatMk2, moving the entire /opt to another disk would make sense, as /opt not rarely grows over time.

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#14 2012-09-27 22:50:22

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Re: Games Partition

If it is a laptop, you'd want to check whether anything you need will get installed to /opt lest you end up without access to a critical application while on the move. For example, acroread would be in this category for me.


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#15 2012-09-28 01:00:08

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Re: Games Partition

Kk moved /opt to a hdd now and everythings Works just Fine! Tranks for your help!!!!

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