/usr/home vs /home (was: Re: One or Four?)

Jerry McAllister jerrymc at msu.edu
Sat Feb 18 21:10:13 UTC 2012

On Fri, Feb 17, 2012 at 09:16:34PM -0500, Daniel Staal wrote:

> --As of February 17, 2012 11:46:23 PM +0100, Polytropon is alleged to have 
> said:
> >Well, to be honest, I never liked the "old style" default
> >with /home being part of /usr. As I mentioned before, _my_
> >default style for separated partitions include:
> >
> >	/
> >	swap
> >	/tmp
> >	/var
> >	/usr
> >	/home
> >
> >In special cases, add /opt or /scratch as separate partitions
> >with intendedly limited sizes.
> >
> >You can see that all user data is kept independently from
> >the rest of the system. It can easily be switched over to
> >a separate "home disk" if needed.
> --As for the rest, it is mine.
> I'm in agreement with you on that I like to have /home be a separate 
> partition, and not under /usr.  (Of course, my current zfs system has 40 
> partitions...)  Partly though I recognize that I like it because that's 
> what I'm used to, and how I learned to set it up originally.  (My first 
> unix experience was with OpenBSD, over 10 years ago now.)
> I've never seen anything listing the main reasons for having /home under 
> /usr though.  I figure there must be a decent reason why.  Would anyone 
> care to enlighten me?  What are the perceived advantages?  (Particularly if 
> you then make a symlink to /home.)
> Just a question that's been bugging me, as I read through different FreeBSD 
> docs.

I think it was just ancient history when everything was small and besides 
root, swap and /tmp was in /usr.


> Daniel T. Staal
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