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I want to put /home, /var, /opt and /tmp on /dev/sda2 and /root on /dev/sda1 when installing Ubuntu.

My PC has an 8GB integrated SSD, and I would like to use it to speed up boot time and application loading, but I want to save everything else onto a single partition.

I do not want to put /home, /var, /opt and /tmp on separate partitions.

Is this feasible? How do I go about accomplishing this? Something with symlinks?

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What about everything else? Where should that go? –  netcoder Jul 24 '12 at 17:34

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Install with just /home on the other disk, then boot into recovery mode, go to the root shell, and move those other directories to /home and replace them with symlinks to their new location in /home.

mv /var /home/
ln -s /home/var/ /var
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mv: cannot move '/var/' to '/home/var': Read-only file system –  Ruslan Gerasimov Jun 23 at 23:29
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@RuslanGerasimov, right, in recovery mode the fs is initially mounted ro. mount -o remount,rw / to enable writes. –  psusi Jun 24 at 2:55
    
I've done this and got the next msg on tty1 during the booting Ubuntu: login: acpid: can't open socket /var/run/acpids.socket: No sush file or directory –  Ruslan Gerasimov Jun 24 at 4:19
    
If I check in root console in recovery mode ls -la /var it shows /var -> /home/var/ but my guess these links are missing somehow when pc boots in normal mode. Could it be? –  Ruslan Gerasimov Jun 24 at 4:22
    
there was a typo in..., here is correct message login: acpid: can't open socket /var/run/acpid.socket: No sush file or directory Sorry –  Ruslan Gerasimov Jun 24 at 4:37

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