FreeBSD How to

How to determine the partition sizes of your disk for FreeBSD usage

Partition sizes

First of all, what I mostly do. I press A for the default partitions and then raise them. Below are some default sizes who are advised.

partitionmountpointsizeSoftUpdatesmy size
bSWAP2-3x RAM size2x RAM size
d/var512MB to 4096MBY5GB
f/usrRest of disk (at least 8GB)YRest

For the root partition it might be smart to keep track of how large the kernel is.

This size was a default of 512MB but this is too small to install 2 kernels (kernel and kernel.old).

Another thing is the /tmp partition, this defaults to 512MB, raise it to 1GB (for tar / gzip etc)