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Re: [opensuse] Percentage of blocks reserved for root on ext3 formatted partitions
  • From: Ken Schneider <suse-list3@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Sun, 21 Sep 2008 12:55:56 -0400
  • Message-id: <48D67C9C.9080901@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
Bob Williams pecked at the keyboard and wrote:
In Yast Partitioner, when formatting a partition as ext3, there is an option
described as 'Percentage of blocks reserved for root'. The default value is
'auto' = 5%

What does this mean? Is 5% of the partition not available to an ordinary user?


That is correct. The 5% is reserved for logs that get too big or root,
more correctly so root can log in and create his login temp files while
working to free up space. This number can be changed but never change it to 0.

Ken Schneider
SuSe since Version 5.2, June 1998
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