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Re: [vox] A philosophical question about partitioning

on Mon, Apr 18, 2005 at 12:17:37PM -0700, Richard Crawford (rscrawford@mossroot.com) wrote:
> Someday, I keep telling myself, I'll be rebuilding my file/print/mail/web 
> server at home.  Right now the server holds about 10GB of MP3's (all of them 
> legally obtained; my wife and I just compulsively rip every CD we acquire).  
> Right now, all those music files are living in a directory called:
> /home/music
> At the time, it was the only thing I could think of.  That directory belongs 
> to a group called "crawford" so that both my wife and I, who belong to the 
> "crawford" group, can access it.
> When I rebuild this server, I'm going to put all of the /home
> directories on a separate partition.  I wonder if it makes sense to
> have all of the music files on a separate partition of their own, and,
> if so, how should I mount it?  Does /home/music make sense, or is
> there a better way to do it?  Strangely, none of my resources seem to
> address this question.

Put it where it works for you.

In my own case (until the system's primary data drive died), I kept
musing under ~karsten/Tunes/ on one system, exported as an NFS mount,
and accessible (via read-only NFS mounts) on any other system.  This
worked well for playing oggs over the wire.

The /srv directory specified by the FHS is designated for "system
services", which a music store could conceivably be.  If you've got a
point at which you typically place shares or NFS exports, you could put
'em there.

Personally, the idea of creating a 'music' account (whose job it is to
manage music resources), creating a directory under /home, and parking
everything there, makes sense to me.

Other possible locations include /usr/local, /var/www, or /opt.

One further point:  my druthers, once I've isolated system (OS) from
user (/home) space is to try to minimize partitioning, unless guided by
other objectives (needs for massive storage, needs for specialized mount
settings (e.g.:  noatime for news or mail spools)).  So once you've got
/, /tmp, /var, /usr, /home, and possibly a /boot and /usr/local, try to
find a logical spot under an existing partition.  Dividing up space
lends a measure of control.  It also can result in wasteful allocations.


Karsten M. Self <kmself@ix.netcom.com>        http://kmself.home.netcom.com/
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    - Chip Salzenberg, on GNOME developer attitudes

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