Quote Originally Posted by tdeloggio
If you're dealing with a non-critical desktop machine, I see no benefit from breaking your filesystem up into partitions further than this:

/boot - 100m
swap - 512m (or whatever you want)
/ - whatever is left over

Having a separate /usr, /home, /var, and whatever else only leaves room for headaches for a new user.
I agree, but I think you replied to the wrong person. I was not the one with the original problem.