/ almost out of space just after installation

unix.hacker unix.hacker at comcast.net
Wed Oct 7 08:40:20 UTC 2009

On Wed, 7 Oct 2009 02:57:27 -0500 (CDT)
Lars Eighner <luvbeastie at larseighner.com> wrote:
> That should give you some breathing room in / unless you have the bad
> habit of running as root and crud accumulates in /root or you keep
> several old kernels.

/ and /root should be cleaned as you said, but I don't ever change the
size of the / partitions and I personally think they are perfectly

I'm thinking the person who asked came from Linux where it's common,
and perfectly fine, I might add, to have just the / and /swap
partitions. This is perfectly fine, but FreeBSD does more work for you
without you having to set up partitions yourself. It keeps busy file
systems from bleeding into the ones where the systems keeps its bins. 

Anyway, I use both Linux and BSD, and I don't understand quite so well
why someone said this person couldn't keep things on their desktop,
when that stuff is all on /usr....

You're partitions are fine, and using root for everything and filling
up that file system... heh, you could do worse using root that often.

Using everything as root is a lot like Heroin; You might like it so
much you want to do it all the time because NOTHING is holding you
back... But, you might also ruin your life BECAUSE nothing is holding
you back. Every time you use it (root, Heroin) you're risking your
ass ;)

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