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I'm running through the installation for the first time and I found it quite annoying that I can't have it use all the partitions I created. I created a partition ...
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    Partitioning selection


    I'm running through the installation for the first time and I found it quite annoying that I can't have it use all the partitions I created. I created a partition for / swap /uar /opt /var /tmp and /home. It would not give me the chance to mount the additional partitions, only / swap and /home. Is there anyway to change this?

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    thats all you need

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    Yup, that's it... just a normal little thing that every distro I've tried has included... except Yoper. There isn't a chance of / getting filled up if a sound partition plan is followed.

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    You need to create three partitions only: /, /swap and /home. All others will be built as subdirectories of /.

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    and when / fills up your system takes a nose dive... no thanks. I would at least like the option to make my system work as I see fit.

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    What you fill it up with? I installed a loads of progs including 3 gigabytes of UT 2003 and only 5 gigs and something are used.

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    Quote Originally Posted by z-vet
    What you fill it up with? I installed a loads of progs including 3 gigabytes of UT 2003 and only 5 gigs and something are used.
    /var/log
    /var/spool
    /tmp

    If you have a lot of incoming mail then /var/spool needs to have lots of breathing room. /var/log has the possiblity of filling up if logs aren't capped at a certain size. Mozilla and Firefox (an hundreds of other programs) use /tmp for temporary files... if you're computer is never rebooted, then that will fill up very quickly... Let's put it this way, if you have 5 GB for / and the rest for /home and swap and you install 4 GB of software, that leaves 1 GB of space. Now take in to account that in order for FSs to be efficient they should be no more than 90% full and the fact that those 3 directories are on the / partition. Say you download a 700 MB ISO with Mozilla/Firefox... by the time the file is almost complete you now only have 300 MB free on /. 300 MB is not a good value to have available in / esp when you factor in other programs using /tmp and then /var/log and /var/spool.

    Unless you like your computer to crash under a heavy load you should take care in you partition creation. The normal load on my computer is about 3.05 (as per top)... and that is with me being fairly inactive on it... (yes I have lot of programs running in the background (and foreground)).

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