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Re: [opensuse] Percentage of blocks reserved for root on ext3 formatted partitions
  • From: Bob Williams <linux@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Sun, 21 Sep 2008 18:11:45 +0100
  • Message-id: <200809211811.47540.linux@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
On Sunday 21 September 2008 17:55:56 Ken Schneider wrote:
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


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

That's very interesting. On a 750GB disc, the amount allocated to root is
therefore 37.5GB, which seems a mighty big log file. Or does it function as a
kind of local swapfile if the disc gets too full? Similar to Windows
defragmenter needing 15% freespace.

Do you think 1% (equivalent to 7.5GB in my example above) would be sufficient?
I'm talking about an external SATA drive that's used for backups and archives.

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