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Partitioning for Linux

Mar 03, 2008, 05:30 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Robert Heller)

"The overall file system structure on a UNIX system1 is always a single tree, no matter how many or how few physical or logical disks might be connected to it. This differs from MS-Windows, where each disk (physical or logical) gets its own drive letter and has its own independent directory tree root. Under UNIX (or Linux), having more than one physical or logical disk is generally invisible to the user, since each disk is seamlessly integrated into the directory tree. This means there is never an absolute need to have everything on one disk and means it is possible to have any number of physical or logical disks and that having more than one physical or logical disk has no effect on how the operating system is laid out and has no effect in terms of how programs are installed and installed programs can always find their data and configuration files in standard places without needing to know which logical or physical disk a given directory resides on..."

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