[SunHELP] Standards for OS installation

james james at jdfogg.com
Tue Aug 24 15:46:20 CDT 2004

On Tue, 2004-08-24 at 15:55, Grindell, Joan M. wrote:
> Does anyone know of or have standards for OS installs.  We are working in a
> contracting environment and need to come up with standards that can be used
> for our
> production boxes.
>     There is a question about what to include under the root partition.
> Some folks favor separating out /var, /home and putting them in their own
> slices.
> the main reason is protect against the root slice storage from being eaten
> up by users or logging applications.
>     In addition, we are looking for recommendations as to what size
> partitions should be.  Our disks are 72 gigs.
>     Any point of view will be greatly appreciated.

There has been previous thought given to this and it comes down to

When the system gets wedged and you need to use single-user mode to
unfork it you don't want to mount any more filesystem than needed, just
the R/O's.

For Solaris I used to use a cheat-sheet, but I don't know where that is
anymore. What I do know is I always keep the following as separate
/var (for many reasons, esp. since it grows)
/home (cause it grows wildly and you DON'T want your / hitting 100%
/export/home if you are using it instead of home
/swap (obviously)

If space is very tight and the system might be dynamic in nature (a
workstation as opposed to a file server) you might consider the
following: put /tmp /bin /sbin somewhere other than root. These can grow
too. But this is just space paranoia for very tight storage.

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