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    Are there too many partitions needed?

    For the past few years, I setup Fedora with
    The biosboot or boot/efi partition with boot and esp flags
    the / partition
    the /boot partition
    the /var partition
    the /home partition
    the swap partition,
    With terrabyte drives, and with the ease to setup a large partition of 400gigs,
    For simple desktops, why do we need more than three partitions vis: /boot/efi, /home and /
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    Re: Are there too many partitions needed?

    Quote Originally Posted by lsatenstein
    For the past few years, I setup Fedora with
    The biosboot/boot/efi partition
    the / partition
    /the /boot partition
    the /var partition
    the /home partition
    the swap partition,
    With terrabyte drives, and with the ease to setup a large partition of 400gigs,
    For simple desktops, why do we need more than three partitions vis: /boot/efi, /home and /
    use one or other - biosboot and boot/efi cannot co-exist. for EFI systems use /boot/EFI only. for legacy BIOS systems use biosboot.

    setting the flags correctly for /boot/EFI is equally as important. do not flag it as biosboot, it should be flagged boot,esp

    /var is not necessary and has not ever been really since you are not running a server

    with a machine with 16GB or more RAM you don't generally need a swap at all but if you run a large number of virtual machines like bobx001 concurrently that's going to need some kind of swap (file or partition but a partition performs marginally better).

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    Re: Are there too many partitions needed?

    For years, I have been setting it up with only 2 partitions (root and swap) with no issues.

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    Re: Are there too many partitions needed?

    Quote Originally Posted by solo2101
    For years, I have been setting it up with only 2 partitions (root and swap) with no issues.
    that's quite common practice across automatic partition schemes for different distributions. The polar opposite being OpenSUSE which creates partitions for pretty much every non-temporary directory off root.

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    Re: Are there too many partitions needed?

    Antikythera and Solo2101,

    In my response, which adjusted,( I replaced a / with the word or) and added a comment about flags. I believe though, with biosboot, that /boot can be integral to the / partition. Solo2101 just uses / and /root. If I was using raid or not upgrading distros every 8 months, I would do likewise.

    For my SSD though, to preserve it's life my / is an xfs partition and I created a separate /var as ext4. My /home points to a folder on a common disk that is not integral to the SSD. The SSD will outlive my computer. I am now in the "waiting for a "spinner" to die, so I can replace it with an SSD. Trivially, retrieval by xfs or writing xfs is supposedly faster than doing likewise on an ext4 partition.
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    Re: Are there too many partitions needed?

    Quote Originally Posted by lsatenstein
    Antikythera and Solo2101,

    In my response, which adjusted,( I replaced a / with the word or) and added a comment about flags. I believe though, with biosboot, that /boot can be integral to the / partition. Solo2101 just uses / and /root. If I was using raid or not upgrading distros every 8 months, I would do likewise.

    For my SSD though, to preserve it's life my / is an xfs partition and I created a separate /var as ext4. My /home points to a folder on a common disk that is not integral to the SSD. The SSD will outlive my computer. I am now in the "waiting for a "spinner" to die, so I can replace it with an SSD. Trivially, retrieval by xfs or writing xfs is supposedly faster than doing likewise on an ext4 partition.
    /boot can be integral to / with an EFI setup too. it's more dependent on the file system or whether you use LUKS or not. If the system uses grub2 then an XFS volume can include /boot but btrfs is not supported yet.

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