[Samba] Re: Samba public directory on FreeBSD

Gary Dunn knowtree at aloha.com
Fri Sep 24 16:16:51 GMT 2004

On Thu, 2004-09-23 at 13:41, W. D. wrote:
> Thanks for the info.
> I looked into this a little closer.  In 'FreeBSD Unleashed', on page
> 38 it says: "/home  This is where the users' home directories are
> located.  It is often located under the /usr partition.  If you are
> going to have a lot of users, and you expect them to have a lot of
> files, you might want to put /home on its own partition, or possibly
> even give /home an entire disk."
> In 'The Complete FreeBSD' (4th edition), on page 70: "Use the rest
> of the space on disk for a /home file system, as long as it's 
> possible to back it up on a single tape.  Otherwise, make multiple file
> systems.  /home is the normal directory for user files."
> In the online handbook,
> http://www.freebsd.org/doc/en_US.ISO8859-1/books/handbook/install-steps.html,
> Table 2-2: "/usr   Rest of disk   All your other files will typically be stored in /usr and its subdirectories."
> Alrighty, then.  I am confused.  On the 3 boxes that I just installed
> FreeBSD 4.9 on, none of them even have a /home or a /usr/home directory.  
> So, there certainly isn't a /home partition.  Is /home created as its
> own slice in 5.x?  

FreeBSD allows you a lot of flexibility, including how you lay out your
disks. The lack of agreement is good.

> These boxes have 80 GB hard drives and have the majority of that
> capacity contained in /usr.

The way I set up a system, / and /usr do not change much. /var and /home
are where the action is. And I link /home to /usr/home, so that
/home/aUserName is the same as /usr/home/aUserName.

> Based on all this advice and research, I think I will create a new
> directory under /usr called /home.  Under this, I'll create 
> /samba/public  (full path: /usr/home/samba/public).
> Any objections, or comments?

Yes, go ahead and set this up. Just keep in mind that at some point in
the future you might want to redesign you layout -- when you set up your
next server :-)

Gary Dunn

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