[Chugalug] Small /boot partitions must go!

Dave Brockman dave at brockmans.com
Mon Nov 11 23:13:07 UTC 2013


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On 11/11/2013 5:36 PM, Dan Lyke wrote:
> On Mon, Nov 11, 2013 at 1:44 PM, Mike Harrison <cluon at geeklabs.com>
> wrote:
>> I just wasted half a day, because some budding SysAdmin used 
>> advice from 1972 and made a /boot partition less than 1gb..
> 
> So the reasoning used to be that some BIOSes couldn't read more
> than 9MB, and then something like 512MB, and you had to have the
> boot device in BIOS accessible partition space, right?

Wasn't there some reason we had to have a /boot of 1MB or less... way
back in the day?  Not an Intel thing.... seems like some of the old
AXP boxen and old kernels needed something like that....

> And now the reasoning is that some day you might want to encrypt
> the main drive, except that you'd never do that on a server because
> you want most likely it to boot unattended.
> 
> So I'm gonna go with "don't do boot partitions".

+5

I usually find it easier to install everything on one partition, and
then mount new SAN LUNs as needed :)

Regards,

dtb

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