New user - small file server questions and quick GUI question
rsmith at xs4all.nl
Tue Dec 29 22:31:35 UTC 2009
On Tue, Dec 29, 2009 at 09:06:09PM +0200, Kaya Saman wrote:
> lot's of different pieces of advice rolling in now!
> I guess what I will do as I have a small hard disk for what I want to do
> which is to get rid of my music and few movies which are stored on my
> laptop currently, is create separate /, /tmp, /usr and /var.
If you can afford it, and if your laptop has a USB port, buy one of those
external harddisks. Plenty of room for music and movies... Also great for
> I propose which is similar to what Frank has suggested:
> / ~500M
> /tmp ~2GB
> /var ~2GB
> /usr ~2GB
> /home the rest
I would make /usr greater. See below.
> but then Jerry has already suggested:
> partition mount point Size
> a / 512 MegaBytes (1/2 GByte)
> b swap 2048 MBytes (2 GBytes)
> d /tmp 512 MBytes
> e /usr 4096 MBytes
> f /var 4096 MBytes
> g /home 29 GB (eg all of the rest of the disk)
> This could be ok I reckon as the 4GB partitions should be there as
> everyone has suggested for me to use ports and build from source!
I'd make /usr bigger. 5-10 GiB, if you can spare it.
> The reason why I preferred to use package manager was that on say
> Solaris it's pretty a much a pain having to install all the dependencies
> from Sun Freeware site.
Realize that not all software is available as packages because of
e.g. licensing restrictions. And some ports you can customize via so-called
"options". If you install from packages, you're stuck with the (default)
options used when building the packages.
The FreeBSD ports system is _so_ convenient. It's one of the great features of
FreeBSD, as is the user community.
> I mean what I will be installing if completely base install with just OS
> and nothing more like I mentioned before is Samba, NFS server/client,
> NTP, Nano as the quote below from Jerry using vi or vim is not my
> preferred text editor as I find them extremely difficult and a real pain
> to use.
The ee(1) editor is part of the base system. This is a _lot_ friendlier than vi!
Give it a try, you might not even need nano.
> In addition I do not think this machine has a DVD drive either although
> I haven't fired up the Win build yet to transfer files but from what the
> drive says on the front of 52x looks like it's CD only :-(
Good enough for installing. :-)
> For this reason the discussed packages above will need to be downloaded
> and installed my best guess is from source.
Installing from source is the most flexible method. How is your internet
> Meaning I will need extra
> space in one of the filesystems but am unsure where the source gets
> stored?? My best guess would be /usr?
In /usr/ports to be exact. The source code tarballs are also stored there,
under /usr/ports/distfiles. On my system, /usr/ports/distfiles is now 799
MiB (450 ports, remember!). The rest of /usr/ports is 543 MiB. Realize that
ports will be compiled under /usr/ports as well!
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