[ubuntu-in] Query: uses of /home being on a different partition

Ramnarayan.K ramnarayan.k at gmail.com
Fri Dec 25 12:35:51 GMT 2009


Most of the points are covered. But my 2 bit

1. a separate home makes backing up easier.
2. In event of a crash (which unfortunately can be expected in the
more modern cutting edge distros) makes user data vulnerable and its
better off in a separate partition

3. While the software is installed in / (root) the preferences some
user data etc is stored in /home/user. Which means if you reinstall
you lose this. Eg if you use thunderbird all your mails are in
/home/user/.mozilla-thunderbird/etc . Note the ".". If you open yor
home and press ctrl+h it will show you a host of . files and folders
and you can actually see what all is stored there.

4. If you can back up your data then you can use a live cd / dvd and
use gpart to repartition and even move extra space from one partition
to the other

@ regarding swap - interesting question - how much is enough. Does any
one know of any diagnostic tools that can record swap usage over a
period of time (multiple log on etc) it would be good to know how much
swap is actually used.


On 12/25/09, Abhishek Amberkar [अभिषेक] <abhishek.amberkar at gmail.com> wrote:
> On Thu, Dec 24, 2009 at 11:40 PM, Ashutosh Rishi Ranjan
> <ashutoshrishi92 at gmail.com> wrote:
>>> However now, you may not re-install due to this, instead try to find out
>>> what is taking up so much space.
>> Oh no, I am not reinstalling because of that. At least not just because of
>> that. The main reason is that I have a 40 GB partition which had windows
>> XP
>> before and now is not needed. So I wanted to utilize that. Plus, I am not
>> going to loose any important data reinstalling (except some applications).
>> So its all good. The few files I have, are going to Ubuntu One. Kudo for
>> Ubuntu One!
>> Another query,
>> I read about this, but not sure: Is swap space necessary for RAM of 2 GB?
> Swap space is generally twice the size of memory, but it really
> depends upon what applications you run on your system. You can refer
> the following article.
> http://www.linux.com/news/software/applications/8208-all-about-linux-swap-space
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