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    Re: Unnecessary var, tmp, and usr Partitions.

    i'm always surprised by these new users, having read here and there but mostly outside ubuntu wikis, non standard and/or outdated (very outdated) procedures.
    Why they does not follow the default howto proposed by the installer ? that's a mystery

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    Re: Unnecessary var, tmp, and usr Partitions.

    Quote Originally Posted by dino99 View Post
    i'm always surprised by these new users, having read here and there but mostly outside ubuntu wikis, non standard and/or outdated (very outdated) procedures.
    Why they does not follow the default howto proposed by the installer ? that's a mystery
    I guess that it is a pity that there remains so much literature surrounding Ubuntu that clouds the issue. I can not even quote where I obtained the information now, but it seemed to make sense at the time. It sure is embarrassing to come out in public when you wish to do something about rectifying the situation.

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    Re: Unnecessary var, tmp, and usr Partitions.

    Quote Originally Posted by BlinkinCat View Post
    It sure is embarrassing to come out in public when you wish to do something about rectifying the situation.
    No need for embarrassment; we all experiment and make mistakes in the process. Experimenting is part of the fun of Linux.

    In my opinion a separate /home is useless, because for real safety you need an *external* backup of your valuable files anyway. On an external medium, like an external USB hard disk.

    Two partitions (one for / and one for swap) is the Ubuntu default, which in my opinion is a very sensible choice of the Ubuntu developers
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    Re: Unnecessary var, tmp, and usr Partitions.

    Quote Originally Posted by Pjotr123 View Post
    No need for embarrassment; we all experiment and make mistakes in the process. Experimenting is part of the fun of Linux.

    In my opinion a separate /home is useless, because for real safety you need an *external* backup of your valuable files anyway. On an external medium, like an external USB hard disk.

    Two partitions (one for / and one for swap) is the Ubuntu default, which in my opinion is a very sensible choice of the Ubuntu developers
    Do I not also need a /boot partition ? -

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    Re: Unnecessary var, tmp, and usr Partitions.

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    Do I not also need a /boot partition ? -
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    do i need a /home partition ?
    despite the post above, i should always answer: yes , even if backing (time to time) on an external device is also a good choice. But saying that /home partition is quite useless, is not the expected answer.

    do i need a /boot ?
    at first glance : no , but you will need one with some new config (gpt/uefi). So if you are concerned, then google around "ubuntu grub /boot"

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    Re: Unnecessary var, tmp, and usr Partitions.

    Quote Originally Posted by dino99 View Post
    comments:

    do i need a /home partition ?
    despite the post above, i should always answer: yes , even if backing (time to time) on an external device is also a good choice. But saying that /home partition is quite useless, is not the expected answer.

    do i need a /boot ?
    at first glance : no , but you will need one with some new config (gpt/uefi). So if you are concerned, then google around "ubuntu grub /boot"
    Thanks for your input dino99 - you have been of assistance. For this old man, sometimes it is difficult to come to the right conclusion. I would like to search out some books that would help me with the various aspects of linux.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BlinkinCat View Post
    Do I not also need a /boot partition ? -
    Highly unlikely. I suggest you try first without one; if you can boot, you're allright.
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    Re: Unnecessary var, tmp, and usr Partitions.

    Quote Originally Posted by Pjotr123 View Post
    Highly unlikely. I suggest you try first without one; if you can boot, you're allright.
    Thanks Pjotr123 - I will take what you say onboard, however as I was relying on CharlesA to get rid of /usr, /var and /tmp I will wait to get further input from him. Even in the short discussions on this thread we have differing viewpoints, which only tend to confuse matters to me. It seems with all of the available documentation there are still issues of non-standardization. I am leaning towards reducing the partitions by three, If I can achieve that I believe I will be content - but time will tell.

    Thanks to dino99 also.

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    Re: Unnecessary var, tmp, and usr Partitions.

    Quote Originally Posted by BlinkinCat View Post
    Even in the short discussions on this thread we have differing viewpoints, which only tend to confuse matters to me. It seems with all of the available documentation there are still issues of non-standardization.
    Often there are many ways to achieve a goal, neither of which is wrong.... As in this case. You can choose the one you like best.

    Personally, I tend to favour the way that I think is the most simple. Simple systems are the most reliable and bother-free in the long run, is my experience...
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    Re: Unnecessary var, tmp, and usr Partitions.

    Quote Originally Posted by Pjotr123 View Post
    Often there are many ways to achieve a goal, neither of which is wrong.... As in this case. You can choose the one you like best.

    Personally, I tend to favour the way that I think is the most simple. Simple systems are the most reliable and bother-free in the long run, is my experience...
    Thanks very much for your input Pjotr123 -

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