Subject: Re: Why the partitioning should stay the same
To: Giles Lean <firstname.lastname@example.org>
From: Andrew Cagney <email@example.com>
Date: 01/30/1995 23:21:04
Excerpts from mail: 30-Jan-95 Re: Why the partitioning sh.. Giles
> On Mon, 30 Jan 1995 12:31:11 +1100 (EST) Andrew Cagney wrote:
> > (Mac users are discussing the general issue of how partition in
> > preparation for an install, the info below may be useful)
> > FYI, HP/UX (at least) includes support for swapping at the end of a file
> > system.
> This is more related to the fact that you can't partition a HP
> workstation root disk rather than any technical merit in using
> space after your filesystem for swap.
True. It can be argued that earlier versions of HP/UX for the 700 series
were hobbled (no partition support) to stop them competing with the 800
series file system servers. That, however, is another story .... :-)
> That lack of partitioning means that there is a lack of control
> of OS v. spool v. user usage of disk space. Further, controlling
> backups, recoveries, fsck etc is made harder by everything being
> in one large filesystem.
(Trying desperatly to avoid starting an argument over the merits of
multiple vs single file system configurations)
I very much agree with the sentiment that, in large installations,
being able to partition disks so that fixed amounts of space are
allocated to /var and /home (for instance) is useful when addressing
problems such as backups, disk quotas and IO performance. Further, the
last thing I would suggest is denying UNIX admins (where's me admin hat
:-) access to such features.
What I'm trying to put forward is:
Firstly, is there harm in adding such a feature to the NetBSD tool box?
Personally I believe there are real advantages as it would greatly
simplify the very common (new user) task of configuring a system so that
it has just:
o one file system
and o one swap swap area
within an existing DOS or MAC disk partition.
Secondly, as I noted above, while I very much agree that in a large
system, being able to have multiple partitions can be a useful admin
tool, I also believe that for a typical small configuration (PC at home,
workstation connected to a server) a partitioned disk is an equally big
waste of time.