using sysinstall upgrade as a repair solution
jerrymc at msu.edu
Tue Mar 6 20:48:14 UTC 2007
> >The fourth reason to have separate partitions is to make it easier
> >to isolate things. You may want to make a certain amount of space
> >available for users to write in, but want to keep them out of other
> >space. There are various ways to do it. Having things grouped
> >conveniently in some defined area makes it a little easier.
> What Jerry said ;-). Thanks for expressing what I couldn't OTTOMH.
> >>Incidentally, 150MB doesn't seem very large for a root partition IMHO.
> >>I've not read the handbook recently, but I generally use a gig for /.
> >If you divide out /var and /usr and /tmp and /home, then 150 MB is
> >plenty for root. I am currently using about 120 MB on this machine
> >which is due a good cleanup.
> I only partition /, /var/, and /usr/, so /tmp stays in the root slice; I
> make mention of this fact (150M being small) because of the
> previously-mentioned case in which installworld puked because / was full
> (this *was* with a separate /tmp) and there was nothing really there
> except default stuff (had been a DesktopBSD system, maybe someone with
> more experience there could comment). The box was going from 5.3 under
> an (older) DesktopBSD test install to FBSD 6.2; I worked 'round the
> issue by moving /stand, but ended up re-installing 6.2 from CD to give a
> slightly more junior guy more experience with sysinstall (AAMOF I've
> made him do it on two boxen today, heh heh heh)....
Hmmm. /tmp is definitely one thing I would take out of /
and put in its own partition - or at least in some other big
scratch space. It can easily get filled with stuff which then
goes away. But if it overfills /, it can bring the system to
its knees. If it overfills its own system, it can make things
slow to a standstill, but usually you can still get in with root
and nuke enough to continue and at least shut things down gracefully.
> Kevin Kinsey
> Life is what happens to you while you're busy making other plans.
> -- John Lennon, Beautiful Boy
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