SUMMARY System disk partitioning with Solaris 2.5

From: Niall O Broin - Gray Wizard (
Date: Wed May 08 1996 - 10:14:34 CDT

I asked for a consensus as to the advisability of not having separate partitions
for /, /usr, /opt etc. The general consensus is that it is A Good Thing with the
proviso that it does give users the opportunity to fill up their disk - that
doesn't worry me a lot - you break it, you fix it :-) (A bound copy of BOFH
sits on my bedside table)

Casper informed me that Adrian Cockcroft recommends doing just this in his
performance tuning book - particularly embarassing as that book is sitting on my
shelf :-) - with the caveat that a separate /var is recommended on servers and
Michael Shon told me that this is the configuration used in his section of Sun.

So, I'm going to go with this, except that I will use a separate /var on all
machines as I have had /var overflow problems before, of course on machines
where /var was NOT separate !

Thanks to Casper and Michael and Stephen Harris (who does the same thing)
and anyone else whose replies reach me after this summary goes out (about 1
hour after my query - I love this list)

Kindest regards,

Niall O Broin

UNIX Network Administrator, Stations and Communications Engineering Department
European Space Operations Centre
Darmstadt, Germany Ph./Fax +49 6151 90 3619/2179

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