AK Dave wrote:Do you have specific application reasons to actually need seperate partitions for /var and /usr?
No. I was just going with what the guy back at the beginning of the thread, the one with long experience as a Unix system administrator, recommended.
This is suggestion #2:
Primary (sda1) swap swap 2gig
Primary (sda2) ext3 / 12gig
Primary (sda3) ext3 /home 1gig
- Logical (sda5) ext3 (the rest of the drive)
If I read you correctly, this is how I have my system at this time, i.e., prior to the fresh install I' planning, and the way I would have partitioned it in the fresh install if I hadn't come across the suggestions at the beginning of this thread.
As I understand it, you've basically got three usable partitions, sda1/swap, sda2/root, and sda3/sda5/home. I don't understand why sda3 is needed. [Actually, my current install has only sda3/home (the rest of the drive)].
Also unclear about the primary, extended, and logical distinctions and relations among them.
I suggest layout #2, and further suggest that you configure TWO seperate 12gig "/" partitions. Use one for your primary OS install. Use the other with grub for an alternate OS install, or a "dirty" OS install to field test software packages. It is a very good thing to be able to test drive software in a "safe" environment.
Makes sense. However, my machine has only 40 Gb drives. I'm probably going to be getting a new machine soon, and I'll keep this in mind for then. The second 12Gb partition comes immediately after the first?
My last question. I have two 40 Gb drives. I want to use the second for backing up data. It will have only one partition. Any problem with that? And how do I mount it?
Since you mounted both of your 12 Gb partitions as "/," can I mount it as /home? I.e., can I have two /home partitions? [I didn't know how to mount it last time, so I didn't, and as a result I don't have access to it.]
I really appreciate your help.