[Tuxaloosa] Question about /boot

Erik Hanson leprkhn at gmail.com
Tue Oct 18 18:39:20 UTC 2011

I might be completely wrong about this, but it was my understanding that
ext2 was commonly used on separate /boot partitions for space issues. You
wouldn't want (or need) a journal taking up precious MB on that small
I think that the GB to $$ ratio these days makes that a little moot. Though,
if you are using a journaled FS, maybe increase the size of that /boot
partition to account for the journal.

On Tue, Oct 18, 2011 at 12:47 PM, Winston Milling <wrmilling at gmail.com>wrote:

> 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.
>> --
>> Allen Beddingfield
>> Systems Engineer
>> The University of Alabama
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