Nikola, Thank you for your extender answer. I have two more comments.
Did you consider /var as your email db partition. I really don’t know how big will be my mail db on freebsd, but after half of year I have about 4GB outlook mail db. So 1GB for /var might be not enough in my case. Having /home as part of /usr is the good point. But in case of backup it make sense to have /home as separate partition. What you think about this? Thx Alex -----Original Message----- From: Nikola Lečić [mailto:[EMAIL PROTECTED] Sent: Thursday, December 20, 2007 10:57 AM To: Alexander Rudyk (Akvelon) Cc: FreeBSD-questions@FreeBSD.org Subject: Re: Partitions size for 80GB HDD and 2GB RAM On Wed, 19 Dec 2007 17:17:50 -0800 "Alexander Rudyk (Akvelon)" <[EMAIL PROTECTED]> wrote: > Hi all > > I am planning to install FreeBSD 6.2 on my dell laptop with 80Gb HDD > and 2GB RAM. FreeBSD will be the only OS on the laptop. Laptop will > be used to web development (RubyOnRails), entertaiment (photo, music, > video), web browsing and emailing, so no server side task will be > handled. > > How you suggest to split 80GB between partitions to solve all laptop > tasks. Here is partitions: > /root > /var > /usr > /home > /swap Hi Alexander, You can find the recommendations regarding partition sizes in "Allocating Disk Space" chapter of the FreeBSD Handbook (http://www.freebsd.org/doc/en_US.ISO8859-1/books/handbook/): http://www.freebsd.org/doc/en_US.ISO8859-1/books/handbook/install-steps.html This means that your partition layout should be like this: / 512M swap 4096M (2x RAM) /tmp 512M /var 1024M /usr rest /var's size depends, among other things, on how many logs you want to keep there (where they live by default); since your machine will not be a server, 512M should be ok. Please note that /var/db/, the default place for info about ports installed, occupies roughly 200M or more. /usr depends on how many applications you need to run. Please note that /usr is also the default place where applications will be compiled (inside /usr/ports) and where a lot of distfiles (sources) or (precompiled) packages will be stored, so huge upgrades can take a lot of place. [Some applications need ~500M (Firefox), ~1G (gcc42) or several gigabytes (OpenOffice) to compile. Distfiles can use 1-3G, depending on cleaning policy you choose.] Therefore, since you have 80G, it's not a bad idea to use /usr for /home as well (i.e. to have /usr only; home will be /usr/home, symlinked from /home). Otherwise, you can easily encounter too much (wasted) or too little free space on /usr. I've recently configured a laptop with the aforementioned partition sizes (with smaller swap). (Besides this, don't forget to read about the difference between "dedicated" and "sliced" disks in the Handbook.) Regards, -- Nikola Lečić :: Никола Лечић
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