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Date:      Wed, 02 Jul 1997 11:31:18 +0300
From:      Nadav Eiron <>
To:        GYegoroff <>
Cc:        freebsd-questions@FreeBSD.ORG
Subject:   Re: Hard disk partitions
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GYegoroff wrote:
> Hi , I want to install FreeBSD 2.2.1 , but I,m novice in UNIX .
> How optimal create partitions on hard disk 1.6 Gb ?
> Thanks .
> With respect , George Yegoroff .

Depends on what you're going to use it for. First, note that partitions
in the FreeBSD sense are different from what DOS calls partitions (DOS
partitions are referred to as slices). All of the partitions go into a
single slice. Basically, you can use the (A)uto option of the disklabel
editor to get some decent defaults. The rules of thumb being:

The / parition should have almost nothing in it. If you intend to have
many kernels or lkm's you'll need a bit more. However, generally some
30MB will be more than enough.

The /var partition is for log files and mail and news spools (mainly).
If you're setting up a large server (especially mail/news, but also www,
as the www logs will probably go in there) it should be fairly large.
Otherwise, it can be pretty small.

Swap space is largly dependent on how busy the machine will be. Major
swap space consumers are Emacs, X11, Netscape and gcc. If you use many
of these concurrently you'll need a *lot* of swap space.

The rest of the system goes under /usr. This includes users' files, most
of the software and docs you'll install, etc.


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