Installing with separate /home partition & bug #150670

Lex Hider floss at
Sat Feb 28 02:22:39 UTC 2009

Callum Lerwick wrote:
> On Wed, 2009-02-25 at 13:59 -0800, Toshio Kuratomi wrote:
>> Bruno Wolff III wrote:
>>> On Wed, Feb 25, 2009 at 13:35:49 -0800,
>>>   Adam Williamson <awilliam at> wrote:
>>>> On Wed, 2009-02-25 at 15:25 -0600, Bruno Wolff III wrote:
>>>>> You might need to be smarter than that. I have a lot installed (including
>>>>> some rpmfusion stuff), but hardly everything and my / is close to 40 GB.
>>>> That's really rather big. How'd you hit that? Are you sure you don't
>>>> have some specific thing taking up a lot of space? What's du or baobab
>>>> or something tell you?
>>> I have all of the different language stuff installed which adds quite a
>>> bit. I don't actually use anything except English, but I like to check
>>> for conflicts, as occasionally there will be conflicts that only appear
>>> in a subpackage for a specific language.
>> games are something you'd see on a desktop install and those can take up
>> quite a bit of room.
> Also consider how much free space you need on / to perform a
> "preupgrade". Hint: a lot.
> I really don't think automatically splitting /home is a good idea. Any
> heuristic is just that, heuristic. It's inevitably going to fail in some
> cases. The kind of people who just go with defaults are just the kind of
> Aunt Tillie's we don't want hitting such heuristic failures. Those smart
> enough to size / for their intended purpose aren't the ones using
> defaults.

System is going to need space for update/upgrade at some stage. Size 
needed for preupgrade isn't going to be any larger than for a live yum 
upgrade. If they upgrade via DVD/CD, they'll still need to download an 
iso of either 700Mb or 4Gb.

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