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Good Evening All,

I have a question regarding CentOS 6 server partitioning. Now I know
there are a lot of different ways to partition the system and different
opinions depending on the use of the server. I currently have a quad
core intel system running 8GB of RAM with 1 TB hard drive (single). In
the past as a FreeBSD user, I have always made a physical volume of the
root filesystem (/), SWAP, /tmp, /usr, /var, and /home. In the
partitioning manager I would always specify 10GB for root, 2GB or so for
SWAP, 20GB var, 50GB usr, 10GB /tmp, and allocate all remaining space to
my home directory as my primary data volume (assuming all my
applications are installed and ran from my home directories). I was
recently told that this is an old style of partitioning and is not used
in modern day Linux distributions. So more accurately, here are my
questions to the list:

1) What is a good partition map/schema for a server OS where it's
primary purpose is for a LAMP server, DNS (bind), and possibly gameservers

2) CentOS docs recommend using 10GB SWAP for 8GB of RAM. 1X the amount
of physical memory + 2GB added. (Reference:
http://www.centos.org/docs/5/html/Installation_Guide-en-US/s1-diskpartitioning-x86.html).
I was told this is ridiculous and will severely slow down the system. Is
this true? If so, what is a good swap space to use for 8GB of RAM? The
university of MIT recommends making MULTIPLE 2GB swap spaces equaling
10GB if this is the case. Please help!

3) Is EXT4 better or worse to use then XFS for what I am planning to use
the system for?

Thanks in advance for all your help guys

Kind Regards,
Jonathan Vomacka

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  • Alan Bartlett at Aug 31, 2011 at 9:49 pm

    On 1 September 2011 02:36, Jonathan Vomacka wrote:
    Good Evening All,

    I have a question regarding CentOS 6 server partitioning. <snip>
    Kind Regards,
    Jonathan Vomacka
    Hello Jonathan,

    Sorry but you have posted to the wrong mailing list. This list is for
    the development of the CentOS Project and not for general support
    questions.

    Will you please re-post your queries to the general mailing list,
    http://lists.centos.org/mailman/listinfo/centos , where you will find
    many people willing to give you advice.

    Regards,
    Alan.

    P.s. RAM v swap space. I have 4 GB and 0 B for this system. ;)

    [ajb at Duo2 tmp]$ free -m
    total used free shared buffers cached
    Mem: 3916 1243 2673 0 84 558
    -/+ buffers/cache: 600 3316
    Swap: 0 0 0
  • Jonathan Vomacka at Aug 31, 2011 at 9:53 pm
    My apologies Alan.

    *all* Please disregard my e-mail.
    On 8/31/2011 9:49 PM, Alan Bartlett wrote:
    On 1 September 2011 02:36, Jonathan Vomackawrote:
    Good Evening All,

    I have a question regarding CentOS 6 server partitioning. <snip>
    Kind Regards,
    Jonathan Vomacka
    Hello Jonathan,

    Sorry but you have posted to the wrong mailing list. This list is for
    the development of the CentOS Project and not for general support
    questions.

    Will you please re-post your queries to the general mailing list,
    http://lists.centos.org/mailman/listinfo/centos , where you will find
    many people willing to give you advice.

    Regards,
    Alan.

    P.s. RAM v swap space. I have 4 GB and 0 B for this system. ;)

    [ajb at Duo2 tmp]$ free -m
    total used free shared buffers cached
    Mem: 3916 1243 2673 0 84 558
    -/+ buffers/cache: 600 3316
    Swap: 0 0 0
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