Should root partition be first partition?

Bruce Cran bruce at
Mon Feb 8 23:52:43 UTC 2010

On Monday 08 February 2010 14:09:48 Peter Steele wrote:
> I've set up a system with gpart and have the swap partition first followed
>  by root, var, and so on. This works fine but I've seen documents that
>  always have root first, then swap. Is there any reason that root should be
>  the first partition or can it follow swap space?

It may partly be historical: old PCs couldn't boot from past 504MB due to the 
1023 cylinder limitation so /boot had to be first on the disk. 

Bruce Cran

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