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I'm new to linux, but am having a really great time learning about it. I've done a ton of research and have decided to run Arch Linux. I'm dual booting my 500gb hdd between Arch and Windows 7. Right now I'm in the process of installing Arch and am just wondering if this is a good scheme. I want to use 250gb for Arch and 250Gb for Windows.

/root - 30GB
/home - 200GB
/var -10GB
/swap - 1GB

I have 4GB DDR3 RAM. I intend to do most of my gaming on the windows partition. I have a couple separate hdd's that I inted to store all my videos and things on that take up a lot of space. Mostly I intend to use Arch for web browsing, programming, and word processing. One last thing: I've been reading and trying to decide whether or not I need a /boot partition. People seem to be split right down the middle on whether or not that's necessary, so any input on that would be appreciated as well.

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256 mb on swap (no need for it really, i've been running linux for several years now, been a solid 2 years since i've seen any swap usage, since going above 2 gigs of ram, the last time i seen it, was cause i a really screwed up command, that was designed to fill up the ram and swap.)

i would just make a / and /home partition, wouldn't bother with a /var, unless it is going to be on another harddrive.

/ = 20 gigs
/home = the rest of the space.
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If I were to decide to put a /var partition on another hdd, what would be the benefit of having it?

Also what about the /boot partition? Even if you don't think I need one, what could be the benefits of it?
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The benefit of having /boot on its own partition is because you can make it ext2 or ext3 and not worry about getting the system to boot from ext4 (assuming you want to use ext4). If /boot is on the same filesystem as / you won't be able to use ext4 for it without some additional configuration. It's also good if you want to use the same kernels on multiple distro installations that each have their own /.
    
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I recently installed Arch on my netbook ssd and I put boot on an ext4 partition without any issues. The Arch wiki mentions something about an included grub patch that adds ext4 support. Not sure on the details there but it doesn't require any extra work with the Arch installer. I usually do 20gb for root, but I don't have a ton of apps. I was putting 1gb of swap but this last time I skipped it all together, hasn't been a problem so far. With that much disk space though it wouldn't hurt to have a little. I don't bother with a separate /var.
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about the only advantage anymore to having different partitions for different "folders" on the root system is to use different file systems.

this is my typical scheme:

/ = size: 20 to 30 gb, ext4
/boot = size: 512 mb, ext2
/tmp = 1 gb (ramdisk), ext2 (no need for a journaling FS in a ramdisk...)
/var = 5 gb, reiserfs (its faster than ext2/3/4, since var is mainly for caching)
/home = 750 gb, ext4 (its a seperate harddrive)
/media/* = then i mount any of the other drives i have here, under various names, depending on what they do, or what they store.

i keep a seperate /home partition, incase i need to reinstall or want to try out a different OS, i don't have to worry about loosing my personal data, like downloads, documents, music, i just use a different Profile name on the new distro, same with the seperate /boot, kernel images aren't that large, so no need to go too big, and i use the ext2 FS, as i've always used ext2 for the /boot partition, and plus i don't have to go about patching grub or lilo to use it
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Originally Posted by cavallino View Post
I recently installed Arch on my netbook ssd and I put boot on an ext4 partition without any issues.
It never worked for me, although perhaps it's due to my initramfs.
Edited by randomizer - 2/14/11 at 11:57pm
    
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The benefit of having /boot on its own partition is because you can make it ext2 or ext3 and not worry about getting the system to boot from ext4 (assuming you want to use ext4). If /boot is on the same filesystem as / you won't be able to use ext4 for it without some additional configuration. It's also good if you want to use the same kernels on multiple distro installations that each have their own /.
That's not even true anymore, at least not for Grub2. Legacy Grub couldn't use ext4, with the exception of the later patched editions (I think the patch was eventually fully integrated). Grub2 has never had a problem booting off EXT4, as I've used that for a while. However, you still get benefits from using EXT2. The major one being speed, as it's still said to be faster than EXT4 in some situations. I'm not exactly sure, but they still say using EXT2 for the /boot is a good idea but not essential (since it only affects boot time).
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As I said, I've not managed to get it to boot from ext4, but I'd imagine that it's simply because my initramfs doesn't contain the right drivers.
    
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As I said, I've not managed to get it to boot from ext4, but I'd imagine that it's simply because my initramfs doesn't contain the right drivers.
That's the problem right there, you need to add them to the initramfs setup and then re-build it. After you do that you will have it fully working. That's all we had to do when it first came out, you could boot from EXT4 since it was named ext4-beta or whatever the first name was.
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