[Tuxaloosa] Question about /boot

Winston Milling wrmilling at gmail.com
Tue Oct 18 17:47:02 UTC 2011

I don't even remember where I started doing it like that, but I do it very
similar to you. I actually just installed Arch Linux (again) a few days ago
and I did:

/boot (100mb) ext2
/       (Remainder) ext4
swap (equal to ram)

I am not sure where I started doing this, I have only recently used ext4,
but I used to use zfs (it was on a friend's recommendation just to try out).
I don't actually have a bias on ext2 vs ext3 on the boot, not sure that
helps you as an argument though. Though really, I don't do much in the way
of production systems. Every linux box I have online is a VPS using OpenVZ
so all the installs are template based. There is only one that is a KVM and
I let it do default drive formatting with debian.

Winston Milling

On Tue, Oct 18, 2011 at 11:25 AM, Beddingfield, Allen <allen at ua.edu> wrote:

> Okay...  I recently kicked off a filesystem layout holy war on a
> SUSE-centered mailing list, so I thought I would get opinions here.
> I normally create a 500MB /boot as a primary partition, and format it as
> ext3, then use XFS for everything else.
> The source of the holy war on the other forum was my advising someone to
> configure their /boot as above.  It seems that there are a large number of
> people out there who think /boot should only ever be ext2....and as many
> others who think it should always be ext3.
> Opinions?
> FYI, the normal layout I will do is:
> If partition based
> /boot (500mb) ext3 primary partition
> swap
> / (usually just one large XFS  "/"  for most systems- the source of other
> holy wars) primary partition
> Depending on the role of the server, I may also do a /srv or /var with XFS
> If LVM based:
> /boot (500mb) ext3 primary partition
> volume group name:  vgroup-system
> logical volumes:  lv-swap, vl-system-root
> Sometimes lv-srv or lv-var
> If the /srv or /var are a different disk system, vgroup-srv or vgroup-var,
> with lv-srv and lv-var
> Allen B.
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> Systems Engineer
> The University of Alabama
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