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PostPosted: Thu Mar 31, 2005 4:07 am    Post subject: Gentoo semi-Newbie partition size, specifics.... Reply with quote

Hello all, I'm relatively new to gentoo.. having done just one stage2 installation that went pretty well.. I followed the install documentation to the letter including using the default partitioning scheme contained within that doc ( /, swap and /boot )

From what I can gather from the various partitioning posts I could retrieve using the search feature I've come up with this partitioning scheme (approximate partition sizes included):

Code:

/boot               32MB
/swap              1GB (2x amount of RAM)
/                   10GB
/usr                ??
/var                5GB
/home               40GB
/tmp                2GB
/usr/portage      2GB
/usr/local          9GB


I'm wondering if those amounts of space are good for a general, stable, desktop (kde 3.3 or 3.4) environment with plenty of room to install programs myself and do some programming, as well as run a few servers ( ssh, apache, postgresql, and a couple others ). If anyone could help out either by telling me that this partition scheme is great, or what changes need to be made I would be in debt to them.

Thank you kindly.
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PostPosted: Thu Mar 31, 2005 4:18 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Generally for a regular workstation you don't want anything fancy just about 32 meg for the boot , 512 meg for swap (you really don't need any more than that), and the rest for root.
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PostPosted: Thu Mar 31, 2005 4:19 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I wouldn't bother with so many separate partitions.
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/boot   32MB
/       20GB
swap    1GB
/home   everything else

You will want to put most of your space in /home since that's where all your data goes.
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PostPosted: Thu Mar 31, 2005 4:20 am    Post subject: Re: Gentoo semi-Newbie partition size, specifics.... Reply with quote

Stewie Griffin wrote:
Hello all, I'm relatively new to gentoo.. having done just one stage2 installation that went pretty well.. I followed the install documentation to the letter including using the default partitioning scheme contained within that doc ( /, swap and /boot )

From what I can gather from the various partitioning posts I could retrieve using the search feature I've come up with this partitioning scheme (approximate partition sizes included):

Code:

/boot               32MB
/swap              1GB (2x amount of RAM)
/                   10GB
/usr                ??
/var                5GB
/home               40GB
/tmp                2GB
/usr/portage      2GB
/usr/local          9GB


I'm wondering if those amounts of space are good for a general, stable, desktop (kde 3.3 or 3.4) environment with plenty of room to install programs myself and do some programming, as well as run a few servers ( ssh, apache, postgresql, and a couple others ). If anyone could help out either by telling me that this partition scheme is great, or what changes need to be made I would be in debt to them.

Thank you kindly.

Hi.

With such a scheme I think that 10 gb is so much space for /.

Maybe /usr should hold that 10 gb. A var of 5-6 gb is fine, most time it will be empty, but compilation of openoffice takes over 3-4 gb in that dir temporarily, so its ok.

With /usr/portage it depends on what you are going to do with distfiles (/usr/portage/distifiles) as this dir holds all the source files downloaded for emerge. This can grow up above 5-6gb fast if you install so many programs. Another option would be to delete the distfiles once compiled, but on every recompilation you will have to download all the stuff again.
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PostPosted: Thu Mar 31, 2005 5:30 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

thanks for the replies :) I will definitely rethink partition sizes and/or my entire partition scheme :)
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PostPosted: Thu Mar 31, 2005 8:16 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Stewie Griffin wrote:
thanks for the replies :) I will definitely rethink partition sizes and/or my entire partition scheme :)


if you don't know what you're doing, it's definitely more work than it's worth doing a million partitions. /usr takes up a surprising amount of space and sometimes things like /opt can throw you. You definitely want a huge /home for all your personal files. But really all you need for a non-server is the /boot swap and /. You will definitely regret it if you do it differently.
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PostPosted: Thu Mar 31, 2005 9:21 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Please follow up to https://forums.gentoo.org/viewtopic-t-188770.html

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