Partitions size for 80GB HDD and 2GB RAM

Jerry McAllister jerrymc at
Fri Dec 21 07:49:17 PST 2007

On Thu, Dec 20, 2007 at 03:34:30PM -0800, Alexander Rudyk (Akvelon) wrote:

> Thank all of you for really helpful answers.
> I am thinking about this configuration (might be helpful for someone in the future)
>  a:  /  (root)   256 MB
>  b:  /swap      4096 MB
>  d:  /tmp        768 MB
>  e:  /usr       8192 MB
>  f:  /var       2048 MB
>  g:  /home      all the rest.
> Think that 8GB will be enough for /usr ports, local and build os from scratch,
> and 2GB for /var - in any case I can symlink some of those to /home

Depends on what things you build.   Some requite huge amounts of space.
Openoffice is one example.  Of course, for many of these, you can get
prebuilt packages.


> So we need about 15GB of free storage only for FreeBSD needs.
> Thx
> Alex
> -----Original Message-----
> From: Nikola Le??i?? [mailto:nikola.lecic at]
> Sent: Thursday, December 20, 2007 12:13 PM
> To: Alexander Rudyk (Akvelon)
> Cc: FreeBSD-questions at
> Subject: Re: Partitions size for 80GB HDD and 2GB RAM
> On Thu, 20 Dec 2007 11:26:41 -0800
> "Alexander Rudyk (Akvelon)" <v-alrudy at> wrote:
> > Nikola,
> >
> > Thank you for your extender answer. I have two more comments.
> >
> > Did you consider /var as your email db partition. I really don???t
> > know how big will be my mail db on freebsd, but after half of year
> > I have about 4GB outlook mail db. So 1GB for /var might be not enough
> > in my case.
> The hier(7) manpage is very useful to understand the default directory
> structure:
> As for mail, it depends on how you plan to receive and handle it; if you
> just download mail from pop3 account, it will be stored in your home by
> a mail client (this goes as well for mail you export from Outlook to
> e.g. Thunderbird). For locally (system) delivered mail, /var/spool is
> the default place, but unless you want yo use your laptop as a mail
> server, it's unlikely you will store your mail there.
> > Having /home as part of /usr is the good point. But in case of backup
> > it make sense to have /home as separate partition. What you think
> > about this?
> Of course it's very useful for backups. I just thought it was useful to
> warn you about how much space /usr/ports could need because the default
> installation procedure on FreeBSD is to compile sources (of thirs
> party applications and of FreeBSD itself).
> As a useful example on how much space you might need, here are rough
> sizes on my home desktop computer, used for everyday work. I have ~850
> ports installed.
>   /usr/ports        ~2G (with current distfiles and packages that happen
>                          to be there + you will need at least 2-3G for
>                          large upgrades, sometimes > 10G)
>   /usr/local        ~5G (third party applications + additions such as
>                          TeXLive = ~1G)
>   /usr/home        ~20G
>   ---------------------
>   /usr total used: ~30G (includes FreeBSD itself + some other smaller
>                          storages)
> If you plan to build FreeBSD itself in the future, then /usr must be
> even bigger. If all this leaves enough room for /home for you, then
> it's certainly very useful to make it separate partition.
> --
> Nikola Le??i?? :: ???????????? ??????????

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