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RE: [SLUG] File systems and redundency

I know of the following

1 Speed - Back in the days when you had squeese every thing out of that
disk, you would put particular partitions in particular places on the disk.
For example /tmp or swap should be put on the fastest parts of the disk whil
/home can be put on the slower parts.

2 Security - Some Denial of service type attacks can generate huge logs on
your system. In the extreme case these logs could take up your whole disk
leaving no way for your system to do any thing and cause a crash. These logs
are normally stored in /var so "they" recommend having a partition for /var.


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> -----Original Message-----
> From: George Vieira [mailto:georgev@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx]
> Sent: Thursday, 14 September 2000 10:22
> To: 'slug@xxxxxxxxxxx'
> Subject: [SLUG] File systems and redundency
> Hi all,
> I was just wondering why is it so crucial to have different
> mount points on
> a unix system? Eg. create /, /usr , /tmp , /home
> Why is it so much better to have multiple partitions instead of having
> everything mounted as (/) root?
> Sure some times the file system could crash and at least it's
> only 1 file
> system and root or /home or /usr is still OK but what other
> reasons are
> there? Speed? Fragmentation? Etc.....
> thanks,
> George Vieira
> Network Administrator
> http://www.citadelcomputer.com.au
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