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Re: Installation plays hardball



On Sat, 02 Jan 2010 20:10:37 +1030, Tim wrote

>It makes almost no sense to use it on laptops, where you can only have > single drive (adding an outboard drive is quite impractical, you'd end
> up with a box of bits all cabled together).  And you face the
> difficulty of finding recovery tools for LVM (I haven't seen any) for
> any repair jobs, but there are widely written about tools for rescuing > data from ext3 partitions.

>The only advantage I found for using LVM on my laptop was encryption. > I could have the encompassing LVM volume encrypted, and as many
> partitions as I liked, and only have to unlock the outer container.
> Using various ext3 partitions, I had to type in the password numerous > times to boot up the computer.

> If you're the sort that uses one huge partition for everything (and
> that does seem to be the recommendation, these days), *and* you never > intend to add a second drive, then LVM is pointless to you.

ONE HUGE PARTITION? I'd like to know who is crazy enough to recommend that, because I would want to stay well away from him. That's *almost* as bad as win(spit!).

I always set up my boxen with separate partitions for /boot, /home, /tmp, /var and /. And /var/lib/mysql is a symlink into /home/misc, as is /var/www/html. That way if /tmp or /var ever fill from error messages, it is simple to clean up and get running again. Also, with /home as a separate partition, it is dead simple to install again, or install a new version or distro without destroying all your data. Most installs seem to want to over-write /var too, even if/when you say 'Don't format', which is why /var/lib/mysql and /var/www/html are symlinked elsewhere. (You *DO* want to lose your Nolapro accounting setup and accounting data too in one swell foop?).

On this desktop I also have a partition for /usr/local, for all my *own* programs and scripts.
Geoff




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