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Re: Installing with separate /home partition & bug #150670



On Wed, 2009-02-25 at 11:39 -0800, Jesse Keating wrote:
> On Wed, 2009-02-25 at 10:58 -0800, Adam Williamson wrote:
> > A huge +1. This is just a no-brainer for end-users, having a
> > separate /home makes it massively easier to recover from all sorts of
> > problems. I really don't see a downside. Except in the case where you're
> > installing to a very small amount of space - there could be a simple
> > heuristic which uses a single / partition when there's, say, 6GB or less
> > space available.
> 
> The biggest problem has always been coming up with the right algorithm
> to decide how much / gets vs how much /home gets.  Come up with a good
> one and throw it at the Anaconda folks to see what sticks.

I'm far too lazy, I'll just steal Mandriva's. :P MDV does this by
default, so it must have an algorithm. I dunno where it is (installer
code is a big hairball), so I've just asked the author.

If I was doing it from scratch, though, I'd do it the way I do it
manually - ask how much space everything else needs, and give /home the
rest. Say, with less than 10GB of space don't split 'em, with less than
20GB give / 10GB and /home the rest, with less than 80GB give / 15GB
and /home the rest, and over 80GB give / 20GB and /home the rest.
Something like that, just a rough sketch. It only has to cover the most
common use cases, because anyone doing stuff like running a server and
needing lots of space in /var should really be doing their own
partitioning in any case.
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Adam Williamson
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