> What's the idea partitioning of a 2Gb HD for LinuxPPC 1999 Q3?
> I was planning to do (approx) 1.7Gb root, 60Mb swap, 200Mb HFS
> Should I make more partitions to separate out /usr, /home, and /var or any
> other partitions? If so how big for each?
You might get as many answers to this as many different person you ask.
Technically there is no need to partition - it's more about your system
admin philosophy. Well, different filssystem types (ext2, swap, HFS)
have to be kept on different partitions, but that's it.
Other than that my personal guidelines on this are normally:
- backups: Depending on how you do backups on your system you might
want to keep e.g. your home-directories (/home) on a different partition,
as most likely it needs to be backed up more often than the rest. And normally
it makes sense to back up entire partitions, as file-system damages can
make it necessary to reinstall all files on a particular filesystem.
- On server type machines I normally keep /var seperate, because it could fill
up easily, for example due to some log-file growing (too) quickly, or some
spool area running out of disk space. You don't want to destabilise the rest
of the system in case this should happen.
- /usr sometimes makes sense to be on a different partition, as it shouldn't
contain anything that is essential to bring your computer up in single-user
mode. Therefore having significant damage (for whatever reason) to the
usually fairly large /usr tree, still leaves you with a possibility to repair
system, without having to resort to e.g. booting from cdroms, floppies etc.
- The biggest problem with partitioning usually is, that one doesn't pick
the partition size(s) right initially, and changing them afterwards is a bit
of a nightmare.