Subject: Re: MAXPARTITITONS > 8 (was: Re: mbrlabel fixes)
To: None <>
From: Jay Maynard <>
List: current-users
Date: 12/31/2000 16:13:05
On Sun, Dec 31, 2000 at 11:05:41AM -0800, Greywolf wrote:
> It's good to see that someone ELSE makes use of partitions as was intended!

Okkay, then perhaps you can explain why splintering your available disk
space is a Good Idea. AIUI, the rationale for partitions (if size
constraints aren't an issue) is that they prevent a runaway program, or a
runaway user, from causing havoc by soaking up all available disk space. The
tradeoff is that you don't get to use space allocated to one partition
except for those directories that get created there. This results in wasted

I can see keeping /home (possibly broken up) and /tmp in separate
partitions...but Peter's scheme seems to me to be lots of work and overhead
for little gain. What am I missing?