Sysinstall automatic filesystem size generation.

Dan Nelson dnelson at
Mon Aug 29 03:57:35 GMT 2005

In the last episode (Aug 28), C. Michailidis said:
> Did you ever see a 300 lb. bodybuilder with legs like pencils?  It's
> pretty funny.  Now imagine a 199gb /usr with a 256mb /tmp /var and /,
> look similar?  This issue became apparent when I attempted to
> portupgrade OpenOffice and the process failed, indicating that there
> wasn't enough space in /var/tmp.... I have a 60gb disk drive and my
> /var and /tmp are a lousey 256mb?!?!?  Ugh!  Please don't jump down
> my throat on this one... I know, I know... I'm stupid, yes I should
> have labelled the disk by hand.  I probably should have installed the
> entire system by some other incredibly painstaking method too,
> perhaps I should have etched the bits onto the disk with a needle, a
> spool of wire, a magnet, and a 9-volt battery - IDK.

For anything over a 9gb disk, I just make one big / partition.  If you
sub partition, you'll always end up filling one (either /var or /tmp
quickly or /usr eventually) and wish you had picked different sizes.

	Dan Nelson
	dnelson at

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