A quick and easy performance improvement

Julian Field mailscanner at ecs.soton.ac.uk
Wed Jul 26 19:36:41 IST 2006

Alex Neuman van der Hans wrote:
> Richard Lynch wrote:
>> I think you're right.  Is it uncommon to have / and /var on different 
>> partitions?   The sysadmins here argue for separate partitions because 
>> it lessons the likely hood of the rootfs filling up.  They say that it 
>> can hose your system to the point that you can't even logon to fix 
>> it.  So, we split / and /var (and others).  I think all of our unix 
>> systems are that way.  Is this a bad practice?
>> -- Rich
> It isn't. It's just *traditional*. You could set up processes that let 
> you know *beforehand* that your rootfs is getting filled up.

Too true! It dates back to when disks were 100Mb and your logs were 
likely to fill your entire disk in a week if left alone. I've just spent 
the day setting up a system with 5.0 Tbytes (yes, T) of disk. Do I 
bother partitioning it up so /var/log can't fill my /, no.

Julian Field
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