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/boot partition

Posted: Thu May 17, 2018 2:47 am
by alex-n3050
Is it recommended to allocate /boot mount point to a separate partition? What type of file system is recommended for it? FAT? NTFS? EXT2? EXT4?

Re: /boot partition

Posted: Thu May 17, 2018 3:02 am
by Sir Charles
If you choose to encrypt the whole disk, then you will need a separate boot partition, which if I am not mistaken, will be created by the installer itself. Otherwise, it will be perfectly fine to have boot directory within root partition, that is: no need for a separate partition.

Re: /boot partition

Posted: Thu May 17, 2018 4:29 am
by alex-n3050
In this case I will have only one root partition on my disk? Does this mean that in this case you can do without LVM?
During the Linuxmint installation process, the default installer always creates LVM or not? In this case, will only one root partition be created?

Re: /boot partition

Posted: Thu May 17, 2018 5:43 am
by shawnhcorey
You should use ext4 for all your Linux partitions.

I never heard of a separate /boot being good practice but a separate /home is. When /home is separate, you can re-install Linux without losing your data.

Re: /boot partition

Posted: Thu May 17, 2018 8:34 am
by JerryF
alex-n3050 wrote:
Thu May 17, 2018 4:29 am
In this case I will have only one root partition on my disk? Does this mean that in this case you can do without LVM?
During the Linuxmint installation process, the default installer always creates LVM or not? In this case, will only one root partition be created?
The default installer does not create LVM by default.

Re: /boot partition

Posted: Thu May 17, 2018 8:47 am
by administrollaattori
shawnhcorey wrote:
Thu May 17, 2018 5:43 am
I never heard of a separate /boot being good practice but a separate /home is. When /home is separate, you can re-install Linux without losing your data.
Long time ago there was a bios-limit (8 GB) for the bootable partition, so a separate /boot was crucial if the disk was big.
https://www.win.tue.nl/~aeb/linux/Large-Disk-4.html
http://linux-sxs.org/administration/limits.html

Re: /boot partition

Posted: Thu May 17, 2018 9:48 am
by Flemur
alex-n3050 wrote:
Thu May 17, 2018 4:29 am
In this case I will have only one root partition on my disk?
That's works nicely. Adding a "data" partition later is easy, and better than having a separate /home.
During the Linuxmint installation process, the default installer always creates LVM or not? In this case, will only one root partition be created?
I've never had the installer create LVM, and you can tell the installer whether or not to make separate /boot and /home partitions ("something else" = you control everything), though, IIRC, "use the whole disk" and "install alongside" make one linux partition (plus a swap partition).

Re: /boot partition

Posted: Thu May 17, 2018 10:07 am
by JerryF
LVM is mostly used for complicated setups that might include RAID. LVM of course has its place, but for a usual setup, it's overkill.