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
> 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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