Change default dumpdir to /usr/crash?

David O'Brien dev-null at
Fri Apr 30 14:19:50 PDT 2004

On Fri, Apr 30, 2004 at 02:30:40PM +0200, Thomas Quinot wrote:
> * Panagiotis Astithas, 2004-04-30 :
> > I was wondering (since being bitten by this occasionally) why don't
> > we change the default dumpdir in /etc/default/rc.conf to /usr/crash
> > instead of /var/crash? The default partitioning scheme in sysinstall
> > (when you press 'A') creates a /var with only 256MB, whereas it
> > retains a huge amount of space for /usr. Shouldn't we help Joe "the
> > defaults" User have working crashdumps?
> The proper fix would probably be to change the default partitioning
> scheme, not to move the crash dumps. I think one property we try to
> guarantee is that /usr be mountable read-only through NFS for a cluster
> of workstations, whereas /var is always mounted read-write, for its
> purpose is to contain files whose contents *vary* over time.

All correct.

Panagiotis, please instead propose a proper size for /var.

-- David  (obrien at

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