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Hi All, I am preparing to install Mandriva Powerpack 2006 i586 Club on ~29GB of space. It is currently divided in three partitions 5.85GB, 494MB and 21.53GB from a previous ...
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    Installing Mandriva Powerpack 2006 i586 Club


    Hi All,

    I am preparing to install Mandriva Powerpack 2006 i586 Club on ~29GB of space. It is currently divided in three partitions 5.85GB, 494MB and 21.53GB from a previous install.

    Is it possible to re-partition this drive during the install and if so how should I set it up ie. what partitions and what size?

    From what I have read it seems that it would be advisable to have a swap (I have 1GB RAM) a / , a /home and a /tmp.

    Any advice greatly appreciated.

    Kind regards,

    M

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    MDK will have its own partitioner
    cant remember off the top of my head what it is called, but i cant remember it being too hard

    partitioning is up to you

    personally i have a swap
    norm between 512 and a gig

    /home
    norm 30 gig

    and
    /
    the rest of the hdd


    personally cant be bothered with making tones of different partitions for different dirs

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    Thanks the_guy_dressed_in_black,

    Regarding the swap size - what amount of RAM do you have?

    Also I've read on a couple of sites that /tmp on a separate partition can prevent crackers from filling up your entire root directory, see:

    http://tutorials.linuxhelp.co.uk/securinglinux.php

    What I was wondering was what is a reasonable size for this /tmp partition?

    M

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    The tool you want is called hard drake. Personally I would have a larger partition for / It's surprising how quickly / can fill up. Usually - when it does get full - you have a lot of valuable data, and you feel wary about altering your partitions.

    It's funny - there is almost an instinct to have a larger /home partition ... but this may not fill up as quickly as you think.
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    Hi Fingal,

    Unfortunately I'm resricted to the 29gig partition.

    Does the following set up seem reasoable:

    swap: 1.5gb
    /tmp: 2gb
    /home: 9.5gb
    /: 16gb


    M

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    Quote Originally Posted by micmac303
    Hi Fingal,

    Unfortunately I'm resricted to the 29gig partition.

    Does the following set up seem reasoable:

    swap: 1.5gb
    /tmp: 2gb
    /home: 9.5gb
    /: 16gb


    M
    Hello - Yes I think that's a lot better. You have plenty of scope for installing new packages there. You can always buy yourself a well priced second hdd at some point and install more stuff there.
    I am always doing that which I can not do, in order that I may learn how to do it. - Pablo Picasso

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    So 2gb is a reasonable size for a /tmp partition?

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    Quote Originally Posted by micmac303
    So 2gb is a reasonable size for a /tmp partition?
    I don't have a clue about that. I just have:

    /
    swap
    /home

    I like to keep things simple and rely on a couple of firewalls for protection: one embedded in my router, the other the default Shorewall firewall supplied with Mandriva. I then run Shields Up to check for security.
    I am always doing that which I can not do, in order that I may learn how to do it. - Pablo Picasso

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    i have never used a /tmp
    or atleast not for 2 years, and i dont plan to start
    i have never had prob with the root filling...


    my ram is 512mb
    so i make my swap about a gig
    never had a problem with that either

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    If you are worried about a denial of service attack, another strategy might be to run Bastille for your distro. It's an interactive Perl script which will 'harden' your system and greatly limit the effects of such an attack.

    Be warned though that this can have some minor (but annoying) side effects. I found that I had to do many more things as root than before, and it made me rely more heavily on the CLI. Not necessarily a bad thing, and very educational indeed. There's usually a trade off between security and convenience, but this is a very minor point.
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