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9<sections> 9<sections>
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11<version>10</version> 11<version>11</version>
12<date>2011-08-22</date> 12<date>2011-10-17</date>
13 13
14<section> 14<section>
15<title>Introduction to Block Devices</title> 15<title>Introduction to Block Devices</title>
16 16
17<subsection> 17<subsection>
18<include href="hb-install-blockdevices.xml"/> 18<include href="hb-install-blockdevices.xml"/>
19</subsection> 19</subsection>
20 20
21<subsection> 21<subsection>
22<title>Slices</title> 22<title>Slices</title>
23<body> 23<body>
24 24
25<p> 25<p>
26Although it is theoretically possible to use a full disk to house your Linux 26Although it is theoretically possible to use a full disk to house your Linux
27system, this is almost never done in practice. Instead, full disk block devices 27system, this is almost never done in practice. Instead, full disk block devices
103 Your entire system cannot run out of free space if one defunct tool is 103 Your entire system cannot run out of free space if one defunct tool is
104 continuously writing files to a partition or volume 104 continuously writing files to a partition or volume
105</li> 105</li>
106<li> 106<li>
107 If necessary, file system checks are reduced in time, as multiple checks can 107 If necessary, file system checks are reduced in time, as multiple checks can
108 be done in parallel (although this advantage is more with multiple disks than 108 be done in parallel (although this advantage is more with multiple disks than
109 it is with multiple partitions) 109 it is with multiple partitions)
110</li> 110</li>
111<li> 111<li>
112 Security can be enhanced by mounting some partitions or volumes read-only, 112 Security can be enhanced by mounting some partitions or volumes read-only,
113 nosuid (setuid bits are ignored), noexec (executable bits are ignored) etc. 113 nosuid (setuid bits are ignored), noexec (executable bits are ignored) etc.
114</li> 114</li>
115</ul> 115</ul>
116 116
117<p> 117<p>
118However, multiple partitions have one big disadvantage: if not configured 118However, multiple partitions have disadvantages as well. If not configured
119properly, you might result in having a system with lots 119properly, you will have a system with lots of free space on one partition and
120of free space on one partition and none on another. 120none on another. Another nuisance is that separate partitions - especially
121for important mountpoints like <path>/usr</path> or <path>/var</path> - often
122require the administrator to boot with an initramfs to mount the partition
123before other boot scripts start. This isn't always the case though, so YMMV.
121</p> 124</p>
122 125
123</body> 126</body>
124</subsection> 127</subsection>
125</section> 128</section>
126<section id="fdisk_SRM"> 129<section id="fdisk_SRM">
127<title>Using fdisk to Partition your Disk (SRM only)</title> 130<title>Using fdisk to Partition your Disk (SRM only)</title>
128<subsection> 131<subsection>
129<body> 132<body>
130 133
131<p> 134<p>
132The following parts explain how to create the example slice layout described 135The following parts explain how to create the example slice layout described
133previously, namely: 136previously, namely:
134</p> 137</p>
135 138

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