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LMDE 201403 partition sizes?

Postby maxp779 on Sat Mar 08, 2014 11:08 pm

New user to LMDE here, during the install (UEFI install) I was told I needed an EFI/boot partition and a root partition. I created a 200MB EFI partition and the root partition got the rest of the space on my 128GB SSD.

Is that okay? The installer says >100MB for the EFI partition size, so I guess it will work fine with 200MB but am I losing anything by not making it larger or what?

Also what is a "swap partition"? I googled LMDE201403 and found some reviews, I was hoping to find an install guide but anyways, one of the reviews shows a guy setting a 2GB swap partition, he wasent using a UEFI install though. I havent created a swap partition, the install seems to be going okay without it, is this something I should be worried about? Should I have created one? Is it even relevant to a UEFI install?

Thanks!
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Re: LMDE 201403 partition sizes?

Postby kyphi on Sat Mar 08, 2014 11:41 pm

A swap partition is roughly equivalent to the paging file in Windows and supplements RAM for temporary storage.

You can create partitions for every directory of Linux Mint but this is generally not necessary. The most basic installation uses only one partition (as well as swap). My personal preference is for a "/" partition for the operating system and a "/home" partition for my personal accumulation of files. That way I can re-install the operating system to "/" without the loss of personal data.
Other users prefer a different partitioning system.

I have UEFI (all modern computers do) and my partitions on a 120 GB SSD are:
"/" 12 GB with < 5 GB used
swap is 4 GB
"/home" is 96 GB

A 120 GB SSD is 112 GB in practical terms.
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Re: LMDE 201403 partition sizes?

Postby maxp779 on Sun Mar 09, 2014 12:26 am

I see. If it runs out of memory it will create a swap file right? It wont just crash due to lack of a swap partition?
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Re: LMDE 201403 partition sizes?

Postby kyphi on Sun Mar 09, 2014 12:52 am

If you have sufficient RAM then it will not crash because swap is absent. Have a look in gparted to verify that you do not have a swap partition. If you do not, then create one.
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Re: LMDE 201403 partition sizes?

Postby maxp779 on Sun Mar 09, 2014 1:27 am

So it will crash if it runs out of RAM then?

This is the equivalent to disabling the page file in windows?
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Re: LMDE 201403 partition sizes?

Postby Monsta on Sun Mar 09, 2014 6:38 am

maxp779 wrote:So it will crash if it runs out of RAM then?

What happens when linux OS out of RAM and no swap
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Re: LMDE 201403 partition sizes?

Postby killer de bug on Sun Mar 09, 2014 6:59 am

I always recommend to have a separate /home partition.
In LMDE / partition can be roughly 15Gb. That's enough. My system is using less than 10Gb in fact.

/swap is needed if you want to hibernate.
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