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Re: Symlinking /home and /tmp with bsdinstaller to save space

From: Joerg Sonnenberger <joerg@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
Date: Tue, 23 Nov 2004 14:48:18 +0100

On Tue, Nov 23, 2004 at 01:18:56PM +0000, Jonathon McKitrick wrote:
> I'm going to reinstall DFly from scratch onto my 4Gig laptop.  I'd rather
> not have separate partitions for /home and /var or any others that are
> absolutely necessary.

I *strongly* advice against having /tmp and /var on either / or /usr.
For tmp it has security reasons, because you want to avoid e.g. symlink
attacks or overflowing the disk. The later argument holds true for /var,
esp. because the logfiles can grow quite a lot in a short time.

Having /tmp a memory filesystem based on the swap size (e.g. half the
swap size, but not more than 512 MB) is a valid option, it would be nice
for the BSD installer to support this. /home on /usr can be critical,
but for a home system without e.g. anonymous ftp it should be fine.


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