Partitions size for 80GB HDD and 2GB RAM
Alexander Rudyk (Akvelon)
v-alrudy at microsoft.com
Thu Dec 20 15:34:34 PST 2007
Thank all of you for really helpful answers.
I am thinking about this configuration (might be helpful for someone in the future)
a: / (root) 256 MB
b: /swap 4096 MB
d: /tmp 768 MB
e: /usr 8192 MB
f: /var 2048 MB
g: /home all the rest.
Think that 8GB will be enough for /usr ports, local and build os from scratch,
and 2GB for /var - in any case I can symlink some of those to /home
So we need about 15GB of free storage only for FreeBSD needs.
From: Nikola Lečić [mailto:nikola.lecic at anthesphoria.net]
Sent: Thursday, December 20, 2007 12:13 PM
To: Alexander Rudyk (Akvelon)
Cc: FreeBSD-questions at FreeBSD.org
Subject: Re: Partitions size for 80GB HDD and 2GB RAM
On Thu, 20 Dec 2007 11:26:41 -0800
"Alexander Rudyk (Akvelon)" <v-alrudy at microsoft.com> wrote:
> Thank you for your extender answer. I have two more comments.
> Did you consider /var as your email db partition. I really don’t
> know how big will be my mail db on freebsd, but after half of year
> I have about 4GB outlook mail db. So 1GB for /var might be not enough
> in my case.
The hier(7) manpage is very useful to understand the default directory
As for mail, it depends on how you plan to receive and handle it; if you
just download mail from pop3 account, it will be stored in your home by
a mail client (this goes as well for mail you export from Outlook to
e.g. Thunderbird). For locally (system) delivered mail, /var/spool is
the default place, but unless you want yo use your laptop as a mail
server, it's unlikely you will store your mail there.
> Having /home as part of /usr is the good point. But in case of backup
> it make sense to have /home as separate partition. What you think
> about this?
Of course it's very useful for backups. I just thought it was useful to
warn you about how much space /usr/ports could need because the default
installation procedure on FreeBSD is to compile sources (of thirs
party applications and of FreeBSD itself).
As a useful example on how much space you might need, here are rough
sizes on my home desktop computer, used for everyday work. I have ~850
/usr/ports ~2G (with current distfiles and packages that happen
to be there + you will need at least 2-3G for
large upgrades, sometimes > 10G)
/usr/local ~5G (third party applications + additions such as
TeXLive = ~1G)
/usr total used: ~30G (includes FreeBSD itself + some other smaller
If you plan to build FreeBSD itself in the future, then /usr must be
even bigger. If all this leaves enough room for /home for you, then
it's certainly very useful to make it separate partition.
Nikola Lečić :: Никола Лечић
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