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Re: [opensuse] How to partitioning in unallocated disk space
On 12/02/2011 02:06 AM, Felix Miata wrote:
Any normal person not compiling software and keeping all the sources and rpms
/ would be hard pressed to even consume 20G on / while using a separate
partition for /home.

Hmm... Perhaps qualified with "for desktop use." For server storage with
opensuse placing /var and /srv under / by default, I've found it quite easy to
fill up 20G.

Filesystem Size Used Avail Use% Mounted on
/dev/mapper/nvidia_baaccajap5 19G 13G 5.1G 71% /
/dev/mapper/nvidia_baaccajap9 15G 5.5G 8.3G 40% /var
/dev/mapper/nvidia_baaccajap10 29G 13G 16G 45% /srv

Placing /var and /srv on separate partitions will generally make a 20G / more
than adequate for virtually all installs. (there are always a few nut jobs out

Back to your original questions, just throw the 12.1 disk into your existing
ubuntu box and tell YAST to install into the unpartitioned space and then create
reasonable sized /, /boot, /home partitions. You are not hurt by leaving 150G
unpartitioned as you can always create another partition and then mount it
anywhere in your filesystem should you need more storage in the future.

For example, if you create:


that would leave you roughly 176G unpartitioned. Then if you need more space out
of the 176 later, just use fdisk, cfdisk or parted (or YAST again) to create
whatever size you need out of the 176G and then use mkfs.ext4 (or mkfs
--type={your choice}) to create the filesystem, then mount it into your
filesystem say at /data

If you don't know what all you are likely to do with the box in the future, then
saving unpartitioned space for a future OS install or further expansion makes

David C. Rankin, J.D.,P.E.
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