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Re: [opensuse] Re: Temp directories NOT cleared at boot (oS13.1)
On 01/28/2014 02:37 PM, John Andersen wrote:

On 1/28/2014 8:58 AM, Carlos E. R. wrote:
But there is the obvious advantage of not wasting space, which is important on
small disks.

You've hit the nail on the head here, because so much of Linux recommendations
are from the day when that was the rule.

Splitting things out onto separate partitions wasn't a problem, because
the disk sizes available pretty much required it anyway. LVM's principal
reason for existence is to get around the small disk problem.

It will be interesting to see how this changes over the next decade
when everyone has terabyte drives filled with mostly empty space.

LOL! It depends on what you mean by 'small'.
Yes a 5 MEGAbytes drive on a PDP-11 at the end of the 70s was small, but so was the kernel and most programs.

As I keep saying, I'm running an experimental BtrFS/12.3 on a 20G drive.
Its usable, but for any serious work email and sub-directories of /home need to be elsewhere.

I never saw LVM as a way to get around small disks. It was more an issue of (a) defer the decision about how big a partition needs to be and (b) grow partitions or (c) create a new partition and move part of one off (e.g. /usr/lib/ruby) then shrink back the original.

As I've also said, when I lived solely on a laptop I never filled the 80G drive. Its only when I started saving EVERY mail message and collecting page images as PDFs that I needed a larger drive and still haven't filled a 250G drive. I've upgraded to a 1G drive for other reasons and yes it is 'mostly empty space'.

I don't do BigData.

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-- John Tandervold
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