[linux-audio-user] Appropriate Directory Structure

Lee Revell rlrevell at joe-job.com
Wed Feb 2 11:43:46 EST 2005

On Wed, 2005-02-02 at 16:47 +0100, Tom Charles-Edwards wrote:
> Greetings.
> I have just set up my first partition table.
> When you specify the mount point for each partition you can use your own title or 
> one of those in the menu. I can't remember all of them, but they had names like /
> var, /tmp etc etc. 
> Where can I find information about which of these I need to create partitions for and 
> what they're supposed to be used for. 
> Currently I have (ext3):
> /
> swap
> /home
> /audio

You don't need to create partitions for them.  With the above config
they will live on the root partition.  This is probably what you want.

> I guess when I'm installing software an arbitrarily structured partition table is likely to 
> result in chaos – something I'm naturally quite keen to avoid.

Not nearly as bad as a "clever" sysadmin overdoing it.  I have seen high
end SCSI disks die in a week because some wisenheimer decided to put
"/home" at the very beginning of the disk and "/var" at the very end,
then configured some daemon to log to its home directory.  Or made /
just big enough to hold the files from a BSD/OS 3.0 install, only to
find it's not quite big enough for the 4.2 files and, oh, say, the
password file at the same time.

Short answer: go with the defaults the installer chooses for you.  It's
almost definitely smarter than you are in this area.


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