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Thread: Linux Partitioning

  1. #1
    Join Date
    Dec 2008

    Question Linux Partitioning

    Ok I have a 160 gig hard drive and going to install Slackware 12.2 and wondering how big I should make my partitions. Can someone give me some sizes I am not sure how to make the sizes and how many. I was thinking partions for /boot, /home, /usr, /var, and /opt

    Could someone give me some suggestions?

  2. #2
    Join Date
    May 2007
    Boise, Idaho
    Ubuntu 8.04 Hardy Heron

    Re: Linux Partitioning

    I suggest you create at least 3 partitions:

    / and /home and a swap partition

    If it were my system I would probably allocate the following:

    / = ~36GB
    /home = ~120GB
    swap = ~2X available RAM (if you have 2GB ram create a ~4GB swap partition)
    This assumes everything except your /home partition will be saved on / (or a child of /)

    It is simple and allows you to persist your /home data even if you install a different distribution.

    This is always up for debate. It depends on how the system will be used.

    You can read more:

  3. #3
    Join Date
    Nov 2005
    Sendai, Japan

    Re: Linux Partitioning

    36 GB for a root partition is WAY too much. 10 will already be more than enough.

  4. #4
    Join Date
    Dec 2008

    Re: Linux Partitioning

    /boot 150mb
    / 10gb
    /var 5gb (cuz all updates r downloaded in this directory. u can use them later if u've to reinstall os)
    /home (remaining space - swap space)

    now about swap. ive read on oracle guides that swap shud b:
    upto 2gb ram == 2*ram
    2 gb to 4gb ram == 1.5*ram
    4 gb and 8gb ram == 1*ram
    8gb and above == 0.75*ram
    n 1 more thing is for performance dont make swap more than size of 2gb. if u want to create 4gb swap then make 2gb + 2gb..

    n btw thats what written in that guide.. n not by me


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