SUNScholar/Install Ubuntu/S03/Disk Partitioning

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Partition Sizing

  1. Take careful note of partition sizing in the table below.
  2. Partition disks. Select Manual.


Please note:

  1. The use of separate partitions for the /home and /var folders greatly facilitates disaster recovery and system stability.
  2. Using the /home partition for DSpace system and data files is generally accepted Unix/Linux systems administration best practice.
  3. And one NEVER installs operational software in a top level folder on a Unix/Linux server.

The following partition scheme is recommended.


ROOT partition, where all the system software is installed

10GB Minimum - 20GB preferred


SWAP partition

2x installed RAM


VAR partition, where all the log files and database files are installed

10GB Minimum - 50GB preferred. This depends on how big your database index files get and how large the log files.


HOME partition, where all the DSpace software files and bitstreams are stored

All the rest of the total disk capacity.

Example Setup for SUNScholar


  • /dev/sda1 = / - is the root/system partition.
  • /dev/sda2 = is the swap partition and is not listed.
  • /dev/sda3 = /var - is the partition where the database and log files are stored.
  • /dev/sda4 = /home - is the partition where the DSpace application and assetstore are located.

Partitioning Help

Doing a manual partition setup can be confusing for those new to Linux. Below are some links to help.

YouTube video's