/ almost out of space just after installation

Jon Radel jon at radel.com
Fri Oct 9 07:05:56 UTC 2009

Randi Harper wrote:

> I was thinking that a more acceptable default layout (leaving swap at it's
> current default size) would be:
> / = 1GB
> /var = 2GB
> /tmp = 2GB
> One thing to remember is that these are just suggested defaults. Most
> experienced users are going to use a custom layout when setting up a new
> server, so the goal here is to have partition sizes that work for everyone
> else. Although FreeBSD does work on older hardware, I'd guess that most of
> the hardware it is being installed on now is less than 10 years old. The
> defaults we currently have in place are outdated. They are targeted more for
> older systems, perhaps because sysinstall hasn't been touched in quite a
> while.
> I'm looking for community input on this, so feel free to pipe up with your
> $.02.

I believe it's been years since I didn't bump up the sizes on an 
install, otherwise I just end up with all this space where it's least 
likely to save me from a filled disk in the future.  While I am actually 
running some hardware that is over 10 years old with FreeBSD, quite 
happily, every single hard drive involved has been replaced due to 
failure or as a preventative measure.

You just can't get general purpose disks that small anymore....I'd think 
that assuming everyone had at least 10 GB disks at this point would be 

I'm all for increased defaults.


--Jon Radel
jon at radel.com
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