Suggestions please

Matt Kettler mkettler at EVI-INC.COM
Wed Nov 2 16:09:02 GMT 2005

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Lance Haig wrote:
> Hi,
> I have tried now for two days to get my SATA raid card to work with my
> new server but I have decided that it is to much effort to find drivers
> for it.
> I now have 2 80 gig SATA drives for my new MS server and was wondering
> wat you guys would suggest as the ideal way to partition my system
> I normaly create a 500MB boot with EXT2 and then the rest is set to /
> I am open to suggestions.

I'd suggest having a separate /var partition. This way if /var/spool/* or
/var/log/* fills up, you are not completely out of disk on all parts of the
filesystem. Conversely, if a large download to your home dir takes up a lot of
disk space, your mail queues can keep running without a hitch.

I usually make separate /boot, /var, /home, /usr and /tmp partitions, in
addition to /.  This might be more than you'd want for your needs, but a
separate /var and /tmp can both be useful.

If your box is devoted to mailscanner you might even consider making a separate
/var/spool too.

Here's my current layup on a mailscanner/dns box. It's not optimal, but it works:

Filesystem           1K-blocks      Used Available Use% Mounted on
/dev/sda6              7060276    892608   5809020  14% /
/dev/sda1               101089     13293     82577  14% /boot
/dev/sda5              5036284     41340   4739112   1% /chroot
/dev/sda7              4538124    501900   3805696  12% /home
/dev/sda8              1510032     32980   1400344   3% /tmp
/dev/sda2             10080520   1375392   8193060  15% /usr
/dev/sda3              9068648    525800   8082188   7% /var

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