/ almost out of space just after installation

Chad Perrin perrin at apotheon.com
Sat Oct 10 17:35:01 UTC 2009

On Fri, Oct 09, 2009 at 10:15:22PM +0100, RW wrote:
> On Fri, 9 Oct 2009 17:28:09 +0200 (CEST)
> Oliver Fromme <olli at lurza.secnetix.de> wrote:
> > Randi Harper wrote:
> >  > / = 1GB
> >  > /var = 2GB
> >  > /tmp = 2GB
> > 
> > Depending on the size of installed RAM, /tmp could also
> > be a memory disk by default. 
> I don't see why it should depend on the amount of RAM, since it would
> normally be swap-backed.

It should depend on the amount of RAM because putting /tmp in memory
takes away from the RAM available to the rest of the system.  If your
system typically runs processes that consume a lot of RAM (like Firefox,
ha ha), your system could bog down a lot during typical use if you use a
RAM disk for /tmp without considering how much RAM you have and need to
use.  By default, I think, /tmp should be on the hard drive -- perhaps
with an option when partitioning to set it up to use RAM instead of
physical storage.

Chad Perrin [ original content licensed OWL: http://owl.apotheon.org ]
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