The question that wont die: What size partitions should I make?
jerrymc at clunix.cl.msu.edu
Wed Dec 7 17:55:43 PST 2005
> I have dual-boot laptop, 30GB Fat32 Win2000 and 70GB FreeBSD 6.0-R. I
> plan to use this for normal home desktop use (not as a server). I have
> 512MB RAM.
> According to this page:
> I should use:
> / = 100MB
> /swap = 1GB
> /var = 50MB
> /usr = rest (68GB)
I use about this on a big disk like that:
/ 128 MB
swap 1.5 GB
/tmp 512 MG
/usr 2 GB
/var 4 GB
/home all the rest of the slice.
That is enough to get most stuff includeing a small database up and going.
If I need more room in /usr or /var I move some stuff such as /usr/ports
or /var/db or /var/spool or /var/log to the /home filesystem where they can
grow and make symlinks.
> On past FreeBSD installs, I would occasionaly do things as root, and ran
> out of space in /root. Since then, on desktop machines (with 250GB
> drives), I would make / be 4GB. On my lapatop, I wouldn't want to give
> up 4 of my 70 gigs if I didn't have to. So I am looking for a realistic
> number that wont cramp me, and wont waste too much space. I am planning
> on 1GB, so it will be big enough to hold the contents of a 700MB CD ISO.
> I have no idea how much of /var I need, other than I like to install
> various packages to try them out, and I would not want to limit
> something like a webserver or email server if I chose to run one for
> limited use. A friend took the default install suggestions for a
> machine he planned to do some web development on, and said his /var was
> way too small (they were new to FreeBSD also). I am guessing 5GB for
> /var would allow me to run a mail-server (for personal use) and
> Apache+extensions for limited website developement
> A swap of 1GB is fine, I'm not sure I've ever actually used any swap on
> my machines that had more than 128MB.
> I want /usr to be as big as possible (obviously), so my primary user
> account will have as much space as possible in /use/home/<account>.
> Should I use:
> / = 1GB
> /swap = 1GB
> /var = 5GB
> /usr = rest (63GB)
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