/home partition size

Simon Roby shamblrd at hotmail.com
Tue Oct 29 18:41:06 PST 2002

>On Tue, Oct 29, 2002 at 07:51:22PM -0600, David C wrote:
> > On Tuesday 29 October 2002 07:43 pm, you wrote:
> > > From FHS:
> > > "On some i386 machines, it may be necessary for /boot to be located
> > > on a separate partition located completely below cylinder 1024 of the
> > > boot device due to hardwar constraints.
> > > Certain MIPS system require a /boot paertition that is mounted MS-DOS
> > > filesystem or whatever other filessystem type is accessible for the
> > > firmware. This may result in restrictions with respect to usable
> > > filenames within /boot (only for affected systems.)
> > >
> > > Ref: http://www.pathname.com/fhs/2.2/fhs-3.5.html
> > >
> >
> > Ahh ok, thanks. Since my system is somewhat newer (Athlon T-Bird
> > 1.4Ghz/KT7A-RAID mobo) and I know for a fact it works fine without a
> > seperate /boot partition, I'll go ahead and skip that one.
> >
> > Thanks for the info and link.
>There is also the safety aspect of having /boot as a separate part.
>Cut'n'pasted from the Gentoo install doc:-
>"Here's a quick overview of the standard Gentoo Linux partition layout.
>We're going to create at least three partitions: a swap partition, a root
>partition (to hold the bulk of Gentoo Linux), and a special boot partition.
>The boot partition is designed to hold the GRUB or LILO boot loader
>information as well as your Linux kernel(s). The boot partition gives us a
>safe place to store everything related to booting Linux. During normal
>day-to-day Gentoo Linux use, your boot partition should remain unmounted.
>This prevents your kernel from being made unavailable to GRUB (due to
>filesystem corruption) in the event of a system crash, preventing the
>chicken-and-egg problem where GRUB can't read your kernel (since your
>filesystem isn't consistent) but you can't bring your filesystem back to
>a consistent state (since you can't boot!)"

Ok, NOW I understand why people still don't use GRUB. Storing the bootloader 
directly onto the boot sector was not such a bad idea, now that I think of 

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