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HDD partitoning

by 69Rixter / August 31, 2014 6:08 AM PDT

I recently installed LinuxMint17. When partitioning HDD prior to install, the "partioner" stated it required 3.7Gb for /usr. After install and running "updates" got an error msg. indicating /usr needed more space. OK, not a problem, but just how much space does it need, or rather, what is sufficient space for /usr? PLEASE, explain your answer(i.e... why it needs x amount) [HP2000-210 LinuxMint17 80Gb HDD]
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I've yet to find any answer with an exact amount.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / August 31, 2014 6:24 AM PDT
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Here I don't go with less than 10GB on /usr and last time it was 100's of GB because we were writing apps on Linux. There is no exact answer.

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by 69Rixter / August 31, 2014 9:51 AM PDT


Thanx for your input. 10Gb, huh!? Hmmm. It was using 3904.2 of 3971.2(Mb). If I doubled that it would only come to 7.6Gb? I'm not questioning your answer, but I'd like to know why I need so much in the /usr? In my post I did ask for an explanation. I have very few apps/add-ons and intend to do away with bluetooth. I try to keep 'extras" to a minimum. BTW, I tried to install MPlayer and even though it says "installed" I cannot find it anywhere. Could this be due to the /usr not having enough "space"?
Enjoy the Holiday:

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It depends
by Jimmy Greystone / August 31, 2014 10:12 AM PDT
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It depends on what you have stored on the /usr partition, but since most programs end up in either /usr/bin or /usr/X11/bin, everything you install will be on that partition. The 3.7GB was probably the minimum amount of space needed to install all the programs you selected.

As for MPlayer... Unless things have changed rather dramatically since I last used it, it's a command line program. There's no GUI for it, so you won't see it in a list of programs, but if you type in "mplayer" at the command line, you'll get some default text on how to use it.

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As you can guess
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / August 31, 2014 10:18 AM PDT
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Updates to the OS will take space. So let's take a 1GB update. We'll need 1GB for the files, 1GB possible for what's installed and 1 last GB to hold a rollback system. That's 3 times what some folk may allocate. There are folk new to this area that think that we can tally up the bytes but what if one person has a GPU with bigger drivers than the next? Any update will take more bytes on one or the other.

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by Ray_moe / August 31, 2014 10:51 AM PDT
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Have you run df -h from a terminal to see your usage of the partition

I have mint 17 and my partition size is 13g usage is 4.5g unused is 7.4g or 38% of the total partition

My apps consist mostly of browser email and a number of smaller items

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"As you can guess" reply
by 69Rixter / September 1, 2014 6:15 AM PDT
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First of all, Thanks for replying. OK, your expanation was just what I was looking for, i.e. a simple, straightforward reply. Learn a little everyday. So, I can now see why 3.7Gb wasn't nearly enough "space". Hope you had a good holiday weekend!

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It is installed
by itsdigger / August 31, 2014 11:02 AM PDT
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but to use it you need an interface like gnome-player or smplayer and you probably have one of those installed already also.


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reply to "is it installed"
by 69Rixter / September 1, 2014 6:20 AM PDT
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hey Digger:

Thanx for that last bit of info. Yes, I wondered about the smplayer (I believe I thought about the mplayer interface) when I saw those in the directory. You's always somethin' LOL Hope you had a good holiday weekend!

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