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How Much Space?

by Tejas Dinkar last modified Jan 30, 2008 03:46 AM
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This is a Small Guide on How Much Space you should reserve for your Fedora Core installation, and where to allocate the space. Of Course, this will not be valid for 100% of cases, but is a general frame.

This is a Small Article on How Much Space you Would Require for an Install of Fedora Core, and Where this space should be Allocated.

Keep in Mind, that this may not always work for everyone, and so don't jump on me if you suddenly run out of space

To Start off With, there are two ways when one can think when allocating space:

  • The Linux Model
  • The Windows Model

Both models are effective for different purposes.

The Linux Model

This Involves

  • A 8GB Partition mounted at / (ext3 formatted)
  • A 12GB Partition mounted at /home (ext3 formatted)
  • Optional - A 100Mb Patition Mounted at /boot (ext3 formatted)

If this Machine Is running a httpd or ftp server, I also suggest

  • Large Partition mounted at /var (ext3 formatted)

This is a High Security model, and is what is most useful for Office Machines, or servers.

All users have no permissions to manipulate access each other's files. By Default (in FC4), the users cannot even read each others files.

This model does not have the Concept of "Common Files", or Files that everyone can read and write to.

As all users are contained within their home directory, and you never worry about losing important data.

The Windows Model

This model is named like this because this is how files are usually organised in Windows

This Involves:

  • A 8GB Partition mounted at / (ext3 formatted)
  • A 5GB Partition mounted at /home (ext3 formatted)
  • A 7GB Partition mounted anywhere you want (/music or /data is my pick)
  • Optional - A 100Mb Patition Mounted at /boot (ext3 formatted)

The important difference between the Linux Model and the Windows Model is the Fact that the Windows Model has a much smaller /home directory, and the free space is used up in a folder where there are common files.

The Common files directory can be vfat (if you want to share with windows, or may be later using windows on this machine), or ext3. The second is the only option if you want to work with files > 4GB.

Here are the Steps to implement this Model (assume the data directory is /music, and it is vfat formatted)

  • During Install, set up all the Partitions, including the /music partition. You May or May not want to format this partition (if there is already data on it)
  • Boot into the install and:
# chmod -R 777 /music
  • Edit /etc/fstab, and find the line containing /music. Change the two numbers at the end of the line from '1 2' to '0 0'

The Last step prevents file system checking or /music at bootup

This model is very useful for a home machine where 4 or 5 people may use the machine together, and want to share a lot of files.

All the files in /music will be writable to everyone. Thus, people will have /home for their private files, and they also have /music for files they want to share with everyone else.

Also, reInstalling the OS will not erase this data, as is is on a seperate partition.

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