Unifying partitions (was: cvs commit: src/sys/conf kern.post.mk)

Greg 'groggy' Lehey grog at FreeBSD.org
Wed Sep 14 17:12:31 PDT 2005

On Wednesday, 14 September 2005 at  9:27:11 -0700, Marcel Moolenaar wrote:
> On Sep 14, 2005, at 8:53 AM, Brooks Davis wrote:
>> I've also hit cases where the log come in so fast that you can fill a
>> 1GB /var fast enough that newsyslog never has a chance to compress the
>> log.
> Just so that people realize: what is being described is not an
> argument for having /var be a separate partition, but really for
> having /var/log be a separate partition.

Brooks' argument, yes.  rwatson's argument was for mail.

The recommendation I made was to put /var in the root file system
*unless there are good reasons not to do so*.  The issue here is that
automatic partitioning can't take your usage patterns into account.
Where you do need large a /var, it makes sense to have a separate
partition.  But most people create a separate /var, usually too big or
too small, because that's the way it's done.

FWIW, I don't use a separate /var on any of my systems, though there's
certainly an argument to do so.  But I haven't run out of space.

Note also that in this case, an alternative to a separate partition is
to set up quotas.  Not that I do that, either.

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