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PostPosted: Wed Apr 26, 2017 8:01 am    Post subject: Virtualbox best practices ? Reply with quote

Hey people,

I'm right now installing a Gentoo on as a VM host on Virtualbox / Win10, so far everything is OK.

I have set up a VDI drive of 8Gi and assigned 2048M of RAM. I'm not sure if I am going to use the X or just base everything on console (plus Tmux / screen).
The aim is to use the distro mainly as a "bridge" between my workstation and our datacentres (CentOS 6), thus basically doing the same that you would do with Putty plus having some nifty extra capabilities for development and some testing (while the main part will be done on the servers where I already have almost everything). Once I get a nice setup I plan to create an OVA and make it available for my team mates. Also note that this is mostly for fun, to get my hands back on Gentoo, a distro that I have been neglecting for quite some time, and to hone my rusty skills.


Before I start with partitioning and the like to know if there is some sort of best practices on the following topics:

    partition scheme

    Kernel

    services

    other stuff I should consider


THX mates ;)

P.D.: I'll be of course doing my own googling.
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PostPosted: Wed Apr 26, 2017 9:13 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

runlevel0,

8G is tight for a Gentoo install. For a headless, no GUI, 20G is OK. Use 40G if you think you might want a GUI.
The kernel tree will be 1G once its compiled.
You need build space for portage.
You need space for your tarballs to be downloaded.
You need space for the portage repository, that's 344M on my system, that uses a 1kB block size.
It will be four times that on a filesystem with a 4kB block size as its a large number of very small files.

I do have a working Gentoo installed in 6.5G, including Xfce but that's only the working (binary) bits. Its not built there.
That's on an old Acer One netbook with an 8G SSD.

Follow the handbook for a simple install. Its worth putting /home on its own partition as this makes it easy to install.
If you are determined to squeeze the space down, there are a number of things you can do but for your first install, give yourself plenty of space.
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PostPosted: Wed Apr 26, 2017 1:43 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

NeddySeagoon wrote:
runlevel0,

8G is tight for a Gentoo install. For a headless, no GUI, 20G is OK. Use 40G if you think you might want a GUI.


Done, I increased the size to 40GB, I didn't want the X but I recalled the pleasing experience of building KDE from scratch so that I may feel tempted ;)
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