splitting off directories

Robin Laing Robin.Laing at drdc-rddc.gc.ca
Wed Jun 20 20:06:45 UTC 2007

Michael Klinosky wrote:
> Hello.
> I'm about to install F7 on my main computer, and I'd like advice on what 
> directories I should split off of / (i.e. put on its own partition).
> I already have /home split off, and I'd like to have the webbrowser 
> cache split off too (makes backups quicker).
> I recenlty read that /usr could/should also be split off - opinions? I 
> should note that I'm the only user, and I don't plan on adding much of 
> anything (i.e. software). Would this make sense in my case?
> Any other suggestions?

I am in the process of doing this and I plan on setting up


home is the only LVM and this is to allow me to add to the space without 
trying to figure out who should get what.  As more and more digital 
files get put on the machine, it makes it harder to add space and say 
XXGig to here and YYgig to there.

I am looking at encryption for /tmp /swap /var and /home.  Mainly for 
the laptop in case it is stolen.

This is the breakdown on my work machine.

Filesystem            Size  Used Avail Use% Mounted on
/dev/hda7             9.5G  586M  8.5G   7% /
/dev/hda1              99M   15M   80M  16% /boot
/dev/hda2             190G  178G  2.1G  99% /export/home
/dev/hda9              22G  173M   21G   1% /tmp
/dev/hda5              19G  8.3G  9.8G  46% /usr
/dev/hda6              19G  916M   18G   5% /var

Some partitions are larger than normal due to some of my work.  I like 
to put some things in tmp to make sure they get removed from time to time.

It isn't uncommon to have 20 gig of tmp files generated for a project 
that I am working with.

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