[clug] partitioning

Kim Holburn kim.holburn at gmail.com
Thu Aug 23 07:33:00 GMT 2007

I read an interesting book a while ago.  I forget it's name but it  
was something like "Optimising Linux servers" by someone from IBM.

They said that that start of the disk - cylinder 0 was around the  
outside of the disk and had the fastest access and so on until the  
centre of the disk which has the slowest access.  If you are  
partitioning a single disk then (as opposed to a raid) to make best  
use of that info you would partition like this so things that need  
that fast access get it, and things that virtually never change go  
near the end of the disk.

/dev/hda1		2Gig	swap	swap
/dev/hda2		16G	ext3	/var
/dev/hda4		>200G	ext3	/home

/dev/hda5		16G	ext3	/
/dev/hda6		64M	ext2	/boot

On 2007/Aug/23, at 5:11 AM, Michael James wrote:

> This partitioning system has served me well for years.
> Is there any reason to look at LVM or something else?
> /dev/hda1		64M	ext2	/boot
> /dev/hda2		64M	ext2	/altOS/boot
> /dev/hda3		2Gig	swap	swap
> /dev/hda5		16G	reiserfs	/
> /dev/hda6		16G	reiserfs	/altOS
> /dev/hda7		>200G	reiserfs	/home
> Considering that a 750G disk can be got for $320 at the computer  
> markets
>  the /home partition that mops up the rest of the disk can still be  
> huge.
> And it's a trivial sacrifice to put 16Gig aside
>  to have space for a non-destructive OS upgrade.
> So when I upgrade I install into  hda2 and hda6,
>  and boot with them as /boot and / respectively.
> Then I mount the old system as /altOS and pick through it
>  when I'm configuring the new system.
> Having a separate /boot partition used to be a necessity
>  in the days of buggy BIOSes, but still seems worthwhile.
> It obviated a slow return from hibernation probelm a while ago.
> It's also a good way to build a dual boot system,
>  put Windows into hda3 and slide GRUB in underneath it.
> I've done much the same thing using RAID,
>  either hardware RAID5 or soft mirroring.
> michaelj
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