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Re: free space advice.

----- Original Message ----- From: "Scott Anderson" <scott_anderson blueyonder co uk>
To: "For users of Fedora Core releases" <fedora-list redhat com>
Sent: Tuesday, October 19, 2004 6:36 PM
Subject: Re: free space advice.

On Tue, 2004-10-19 at 13:06 -0400, Matthew Miller wrote:

[...]I have an alternate suggestion. It's useful to have /home on its
own partition, because that way, you can keep your user data isolated from
OS data. If you want to switch distributions, or just do an "upgrade" but
start from scratch to get a clean slate, you can then leave your /home
partition (and all of your user data) untouched, but completely wipe /. I do
this all the time, in fact.


Just read this post and this seems like a good idea, but I remember
seeing some other things (can't remember details) which seemed against
the idea of introducing disc partitions on the same OS - "it's a bit
like putting a fence in your _own_ garden" is one analogy which has
stuck in my mind.

I was wondering if you or anyone else could tell me if there are any
specific disadvantages to doing what you suggest?


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Having just shimmied a new drive into a working samba box that was full to the brim I hived off the /home partition to it's own drive. It wasn't particularly difficult to do with gnu parted and copying to keep ownership and wotnot. There was a really good article on the ibm developerworks site http://www-106.ibm.com/developerworks/linux/library/l-partplan.html that I used as a reference. It just means that future hard disk upgrades will be a tad easier if they succeed in filling a 200gb disk!


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