atom feed12 messages in com.ubuntu.lists.ubuntu-ukRe: [ubuntu-uk] Partitioning Questions
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Stephen GartonApr 30, 2007 12:07 am 
Kris MarshApr 30, 2007 12:39 am 
Tony ArnoldApr 30, 2007 12:45 am 
Thomas SteffenApr 30, 2007 3:02 am 
Dave EwartApr 30, 2007 3:57 am 
I C McNabMay 11, 2007 11:12 pm 
Alec WrightMay 12, 2007 1:02 am 
I C McNabMay 12, 2007 1:23 am 
Neil GreenwoodMay 14, 2007 12:23 pm 
I C McNabMay 14, 2007 2:00 pm 
Neil GreenwoodMay 15, 2007 12:48 am 
I C McNabMay 15, 2007 2:36 pm 
Subject:Re: [ubuntu-uk] Partitioning Questions
From:Thomas Steffen (
Date:Apr 30, 2007 3:02:28 am

On 4/30/07, Stephen Garton <> wrote:

The questions I am looking for answers for are: 1. Do I need 2Gb of Swap? (I Have 1GB RAM)

No, absolutely not. The old recommendation was twice as much as RAM, but that is based on different assumptions. Unless you want to do something very special, half your RAM should be enough. If you use more swap space, your system will be dead slow anyway. And you can use a swap file (instead of a partition) without much of a performance impact.

2. How much space do I _need_ for /?

A normal installation of Ubuntu (most of Ubuntu, Kubuntu, some of edubuntu, development tools, TeX and some simulation software) tends to come out at 5GB for me. You can get a away with a lot less if you choose your packages careful, but I think 10GB of the 80GB you have is not a bad start.

3. Can I resize Any of these partitions?

In theory yes. You need to boot from a CD, because you cannot change a partition while in use. Increasing a partition is not difficult, but shrinking takes some time (if you have ext3 or reiserfs, XFS does not shrink at all). If you resize the first partition, you also need to move the second partition, which again takes time.

Why recommendation for private use is always to have as few partitions as possible. Separating /home is a good idea, because you can reinstall the system without worrying about your data. A separate swap partition is ok, but not necesarry. Every further partition is just asking for trouble.

Yours, Thomas