Server on small HDDs
grail at goldweb.com.au
Tue Sep 17 17:49:12 EST 2002
On Tuesday, September 17, 2002, at 01:11 , Scott D. Ferguson wrote:
> I would like to install Linux onto an old computer (P120) which has 3
> hdds (2 x 1.2Gb 1 x 1Gb), and use it as a server for a small network
> (Samba but not Apache).
The main server on my network is a P166 with 256MiB of RAM. Out of 5GiB
of HDD, I've used about 3GiB, including 2GiB of web cache, email and log
> With such limited space I would like to use the space more efficiently
5GiB is hardly "limited" space. However, what you could do to prevent a
full filesystem from interfering with the operation of your server is
create a separate partition for log files. On my home system, I have
two drives - one is mounted as "/" and includes "/home". The other is
mounted as "/var". Thus the home users can do what they want and fill
up the drive, but this won't affect the mail server, web server or
logging (all of those are under /var).
A Debian install with just enough to get Samba and Apache working should
only take up about 300-400Mb, assuming you don't clean the apt cache
every time you install something.
You might want to try splitting the 1Gb volume into two partitions of
about 500MiB each, and use one for "/", the second for "/var/log", one
of the big drives for "/home" and the other big drive for "/var". This
way your log files will be written to a dedicated volume - no worries
about disk drives getting too full. Your users will have a volume all
to themselves, and your webcache and email have another volume
(/var/spool and /var/cache) to themselves.
That's just my opinion, YMMV. When all you're dealing with is data
storage, 1GiB is a lot of room. When you're dealing with Windows
application software (games especially), even 10GiB is starting to look
very small these days.
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