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I am installing Ubuntu 10.04 server on a KVM virtual machine. The server will be used to install Zimbra mail server, which installs under /opt/zimbra. As Zimbra is being used, it needs more storage. I decided to put /opt on a separate partition, so that I can resize that partition later on if needed.

I first did a test install with guided partition and ended up with a 254.8 MB for /boot and 1.5 GB for swap. So I think those are good numbers to use in my manual partition and I ended up with the following partition:

SCSI1 (0,0,0) (sda) - 34.4 GB ATA QEMU HARDDISK
    #1   primary   254.8 MB   f   ext2   /boot
    #5   logical   1.5 GB     f   swap   swap
    #6   logical   8.0 GB     f   ext4   /
    #7   logical   24.6 GB    f   ext3   /opt

/opt is set to ext3, because Zimbra installation requires a ext3 file system. My question is if this partition works well with a mail server. If not, any suggestions or advice?

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Looks good to me.

Some remarks...

  • The 8.0 Gb root is more than we use on our servers.
  • Zimbra uses MySQL. MySQL by default stores it databases in /etc/ so that might be a caveat. From the specifications I assume they store it in /opt/zimbra so that might be taken care of by them.
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Thanks for mentioning MySQL. I checked my.cnf, MySQL is totally installed under /opt/zimbra. – Tong Wang Mar 7 '12 at 2:46
Then you should be good to go! :D – Rinzwind Mar 7 '12 at 8:06

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