Handbook:X86/Blocks/Disks

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Tablice partycji

Mimo, że teoretycznie jest możliwe użycie czystego, niepodzielonego na partycje dysku dla systemu Linuks (na przykład podczas tworzenia btrfs RAID), w praktyce prawie nigdy się tego nie robi. Zamiast tego, dyski są podzielone na mniejsze, łatwiejsze w zarządzaniu części. W architekturze x86 są one nazywane partycjami. Obecnie stosowane są dwie standardowe technologie partycjonowania: MBR i GPT.

GPT

GPT (Tablica Partycji GUID) używa 64-bitowych identyfikatorów dla partycji. Obszar pamięci w którym przechowuje informacje o partycjach jest znacznie większy, niż zastosowane 512 bajtów w Głównym Rekordzie Rozruchowym (MBR), co oznacza praktyczny brak limitów ilości partycji dla dysku GPT. Dodatkowo, rozmiar pojedyńczej partycji ma o wiele wiekszy limit (prawie 8 ZiB - tak, zettabajtów).

Gdy interfejs oprogramowania systemowego między systemem operacyjnym a oprogramowaniem układowym to UEFI (zamiast BIOS), GPT jest prawie obowiązkowe, ponieważ pojawią się problemy ze zgodnością z MBR.

GPT wykorzystuje również sumy kontrolne i redundancję. Za pomocą sumy kontrolnej CRC32 sprawdza błędy w tablicach partycji i nagłówka oraz posiada kopię zapasową GPT na końcu dysku. Można ją użyć do odzyskania uszkodzenego podstawowego GPT w pobliżu początku dysku.

Important
There are a few caveats regarding GPT:
  • Using GPT on a BIOS-based computer works, but then one cannot dual-boot with a Microsoft Windows operating system. The reason is that Microsoft Windows will boot in UEFI mode if it detects a GPT partition label.
  • Some buggy (old) motherboard firmware configured to boot in BIOS/CSM/legacy mode might also have problems with booting from GPT labeled disks.

MBR

MBR (Master Boot Record) to struktura, która używa 32-bitowych identyfikatorów dla sektora startowego i długości partycji, wspierająca trzy typy partycji: podstawowe, rozszerzone i logiczne. Informacja o partycjach podstawowych jest zapisana w samym Głównym Rekordzie Rozruchowym - bardzo mały rozmiar (zazwyczaj 512 bajtów) na samym początku dysku. Z powodu bardzo małego rozmiaru, są wspierane tylko cztery partycje podstawowe (dla przykładu, /dev/sda1 do /dev/sda4).

Aby posiadać wiecej partycji, jedna z podstawowych musi być oznaczona jako partycja rozszerzona. Taka partycja może zawierać inne partycje logiczne (partycje w partycji).

Important
Chociaż wciąż wspierana przez większość producentów, ta tablica partycji jest uważana za przestarzałą. Jeżeli nie pracujesz z sprzętem z przed 2010 roku, najlepiej partycjonować dysk używając Tablicy Patrtycji GUID. Czytelnicy, którzy nadal muszą korzystać z MBR, powinni zapoznać się z następującymi informacjami:
  • Większość płyt głównych wyprodukowanych po 2010 roku uznaje MBR za przestarzały (wspierany, lecz nie idealny) tryb rozruchowy.
  • Z powodu użycia 32-bitowych identyfikatorów, MBR nie potrafi obsłużyć dysków twardych o pojemności większej od 2TB.
  • Bez użycia partycji rozszerzonej, MBR wspiera utworzenie maksymalnie czterech partycji.
  • System partycjonowania MBR nie zapewnia kopii zapasowej, więc jeżeli aplikacja lub użytkownik nadpiszą MBR, wszystkie informacje o partycjach zostaną utracone.

Autorzy Podręcznika rekomendują użycie GPT ilekroć to możliwe dla instalacji Gentoo.

Advanced storage

The x86 Installation CDs provide support for Logical Volume Manager (LVM). LVM increases the flexibility offered by the partitioning setup. It allows to combine partitions and disks into volume groups and define RAID groups or caches on fast SSDs for slow HDs. The installation instructions below will focus on "regular" partitions, but it is good to know LVM is supported if that route is desired. Visit the LVM article for more details. Newcomers beware: although fully supported, LVM is outside the scope of this guide.

Domyślny schemat partycjonowania

Throughout the remainder of the handbook, we will discuss and explain two cases: 1) GPT partition table and UEFI boot, and 2) MBR partition table and legacy BIOS boot. While it is possible to mix and match, that goes beyond the scope of this manual. As already stated above, installations on modern hardware should use GPT partition table and UEFI boot; as an exception from this rule, MBR and BIOS boot is still frequently used in virtualized (cloud) environments.

The following partitioning scheme will be used as a simple example layout:

Partition Filesystem Size Description
/dev/sda2 fat32 (UEFI) or ext4 (BIOS) 256M Boot/EFI system partition
/dev/sda2 (swap) RAM size * 2 Swap partition
/dev/sda3 ext4 Rest of the disk Root partition

If this suffices as information, the advanced reader can directly skip ahead to the actual partitioning.

Both fdisk and parted are partitioning utilities. fdisk is well known, stable, and recommended for the MBR partition layout. parted was one of the first Linux block device management utilities to support GPT partitions, and provides an alternative. Here, fdisk is used since it has a better text-based user interface.

Before going to the creation instructions, the first set of sections will describe in more detail how partitioning schemes can be created and mention some common pitfalls.

Designing a partition scheme

How many partitions and how big?

The design of disk partition layout is highly dependent on the demands of the system and the file system(s) applied to the device. If there are lots of users, then it is advised to have /home on a separate partition which will increase security and make backups and other types of maintenance easier. If Gentoo is being installed to perform as a mail server, then /var should be a separate partition as all mails are stored inside the /var directory. Game servers may have a separate /opt partition since most gaming server software is installed therein. The reason for these recommendations is similar to the /home directory: security, backups, and maintenance.

In most situations on Gentoo, /usr and /var should be kept relatively large in size. /usr hosts the majority of applications available on the system and the Linux kernel sources (under /usr/src). By default, /var hosts the Gentoo ebuild repository (located at /var/db/repos/gentoo) which, depending on the file system, generally consumes around 650 MiB of disk space. This space estimate excludes the /var/cache/distfiles and /var/cache/binpkgs directories, which will gradually fill with source files and (optionally) binary packages respectively as they are added to the system.

How many partitions and how big very much depends on considering the trade-offs and choosing the best option for the circumstance. Separate partitions or volumes have the following advantages:

  • Choose the best performing filesystem for each partition or volume.
  • The entire system cannot run out of free space if one defunct tool is continuously writing files to a partition or volume.
  • If necessary, file system checks are reduced in time, as multiple checks can be done in parallel (although this advantage is realized more with multiple disks than it is with multiple partitions).
  • Security can be enhanced by mounting some partitions or volumes read-only, nosuid (setuid bits are ignored), noexec (executable bits are ignored), etc.


However, multiple partitions have certain disadvantages as well:

  • If not configured properly, the system might have lots of free space on one partition and little free space on another.
  • A separate partition for /usr/ may require the administrator to boot with an initramfs to mount the partition before other boot scripts start. Since the generation and maintenance of an initramfs is beyond the scope of this handbook, we recommend that newcomers do not use a separate partition for /usr/.
  • There is also a 15-partition limit for SCSI and SATA unless the disk uses GPT labels.
Note
If you intend to uses Systemd, /usr/ must be available on boot, either as part of the root filesystem or mounted via an initramfs.

What about swap space?

There is no perfect value for swap space size. The purpose of the space is to provide disk storage to the kernel when internal memory (RAM) is under pressure. A swap space allows for the kernel to move memory pages that are not likely to be accessed soon to disk (swap or page-out), which will free memory in RAM for the current task. Of course, if the pages swapped to disk are suddenly needed, they will need to be put back in memory (page-in) which will take considerably longer than reading from RAM (as disks are very slow compared to internal memory).

When a system is not going to run memory intensive applications or has lots of RAM available, then it probably does not need much swap space. However do note in case of hibernation that swap space is used to store the entire contents of memory (likely on desktop and laptop systems rather than on server systems). If the system requires support for hibernation, then swap space larger than or equal to the amount of memory is necessary.

As a general rule, the swap space size is recommended to be twice the internal memory (RAM). For systems with multiple hard disks, it is wise to create one swap partition on each disk so that they can be utilized for parallel read/write operations. The faster a disk can swap, the faster the system will run when data in swap space must be accessed. When choosing between rotational and solid state disks, it is better for performance to put swap on the SSD. Also, swap files can be used as an alternative to swap partitions; this is mostly interesting for systems with very limited disk space.


Korzystanie z UEFI

Podczas instalacji Gentoo na systemie wykorzystującym interfejs UEFI (zamiast BIOS) do uruchomienia systemu operacyjnego, bardzo ważne jest utworzenie Partycji Systemu EFI (ESP). Poniższe instrukcje dla parted zawierają niezbędne wskazówki, aby prawidłowo wykonać tą operację.

The ESP must be a FAT variant (sometimes shown as vfat on Linux systems). The official UEFI specification denotes FAT12, 16, or 32 filesystems will be recognized by the UEFI firmware, although FAT32 is recommended for the ESP. After partitioning, format the ESP accordingly:

root #mkfs.fat -F 32 /dev/sda2
Important
If the ESP is not formatted with a FAT variant, the system's UEFI firmware will not find the bootloader (or Linux kernel) and will most likely be unable to boot the system!


Czym jest partycja BIOS boot?

Partycja BIOS boot to bardzo mała partycja (o rozmiarze 1 do 2 MB) w której programy rozruchowe jak GRUB2 mogą przechowywać dodatkowe dane, które nie zmieszczą się w zaalokowanej pamięci (w przypadku MBR kilkaset bajtów) i nie mogą być zamieszczone w innym miejscu.


Partitioning the disk with GPT for UEFI

The following parts explain how to create the example partition layout for a GPT / UEFI boot installation using fdisk. The example partition layout was mentioned earlier:

Partition Description
/dev/sda2 EFI system (and boot) partition
/dev/sda2 Swap partition
/dev/sda3 Root partition

Change the partition layout according to personal preference.

Viewing the current partition layout

fdisk is a popular and powerful tool to split a disk into partitions. Fire up fdisk against the disk (in our example, we use /dev/sda):

root #fdisk /dev/sda

Use the p key to display the disk's current partition configuration:

Command (m for help):p
Disk /dev/sda: 28.89 GiB, 31001149440 bytes, 60549120 sectors
Disk model: DataTraveler 2.0
Units: sectors of 1 * 512 = 512 bytes
Sector size (logical/physical): 512 bytes / 512 bytes
I/O size (minimum/optimal): 512 bytes / 512 bytes
Disklabel type: gpt
Disk identifier: 21AAD8CF-DB67-0F43-9374-416C7A4E31EA
 
Device        Start      End  Sectors  Size Type
/dev/sda1      2048   526335   524288  256M EFI System
/dev/sda2    526336  2623487  2097152    1G Linux swap
/dev/sda3   2623488 19400703 16777216    8G Linux filesystem
/dev/sda4  19400704 60549086 41148383 19.6G Linux filesystem

This particular disk was configured to house two Linux filesystems (each with a corresponding partition listed as "Linux") as well as a swap partition (listed as "Linux swap").

Creating a new disklabel / removing all partitions

Type g to create a new GPT disklabel on the disk; this will remove all existing partitions.

Command (m for help):g
Created a new GPT disklabel (GUID: 87EA4497-2722-DF43-A954-368E46AE5C5F).

For an existing GPT disklabel (see the output of p above), alternatively consider removing the existing partitions one by one from the disk. Type d to delete a partition. For instance, to delete an existing /dev/sda1:

Command (m for help):d
Partition number (1-4): 1

The partition has now been scheduled for deletion. It will no longer show up when printing the list of partitions (p, but it will not be erased until the changes have been saved. This allows users to abort the operation if a mistake was made - in that case, type q immediately and hit Enter and the partition will not be deleted.

Repeatedly type p to print out a partition listing and then type d and the number of the partition to delete it. Eventually, the partition table will be empty:

Command (m for help):p
Disk /dev/sda: 28.89 GiB, 31001149440 bytes, 60549120 sectors
Disk model: DataTraveler 2.0
Units: sectors of 1 * 512 = 512 bytes
Sector size (logical/physical): 512 bytes / 512 bytes
I/O size (minimum/optimal): 512 bytes / 512 bytes
Disklabel type: gpt
Disk identifier: 87EA4497-2722-DF43-A954-368E46AE5C5F

Now that the in-memory partition table is empty, we're ready to create the partitions.

Creating the EFI system partition (ESP)

First create a small EFI system partition, which will also be mounted as /boot. Type n to create a new partition, followed by 1 to select the first partition. When prompted for the first sector, make sure it starts from 2048 (which may be needed for the boot loader) and hit Enter. When prompted for the last sector, type +256M to create a partition 256 Mbyte in size:

Command (m for help):n
Partition number (1-128, default 1): 1
First sector (2048-60549086, default 2048): 
Last sector, +/-sectors or +/-size{K,M,G,T,P} (2048-60549086, default 60549086): +256M
 
Created a new partition 1 of type 'Linux filesystem' and of size 256 MiB.

Mark the partition as EFI system partition:

Command (m for help):t
Selected partition 1
Partition type (type L to list all types): 1
Changed type of partition 'Linux filesystem' to 'EFI System'.

Creating the swap partition

Next, to create the swap partition, type n to create a new partition, then type 2 to create the second partition, /dev/sda2. When prompted for the first sector, hit Enter. When prompted for the last sector, type +4G (or any other size needed for the swap space) to create a partition 4GB in size.

Command (m for help):n
Partition number (2-128, default 2): 
First sector (526336-60549086, default 526336): 
Last sector, +/-sectors or +/-size{K,M,G,T,P} (526336-60549086, default 60549086): +4G
 
Created a new partition 2 of type 'Linux filesystem' and of size 4 GiB.

After all this is done, type t to set the partition type, 2 to select the partition just created and then type in 19 to set the partition type to "Linux Swap".

Command (m for help):t
Partition number (1,2, default 2): 2
Partition type (type L to list all types): 19
 
Changed type of partition 'Linux filesystem' to 'Linux swap'.

Creating the root partition

Finally, to create the root partition, type n to create a new partition. Then type 3 to create the third partition, /dev/sda3. When prompted for the first sector, hit Enter. When prompted for the last sector, hit Enter to create a partition that takes up the rest of the remaining space on the disk. After completing these steps, typing p should display a partition table that looks similar to this:

Command (m for help):p
Disk /dev/sda: 28.89 GiB, 31001149440 bytes, 60549120 sectors
Disk model: DataTraveler 2.0
Units: sectors of 1 * 512 = 512 bytes
Sector size (logical/physical): 512 bytes / 512 bytes
I/O size (minimum/optimal): 512 bytes / 512 bytes
Disklabel type: gpt
Disk identifier: 87EA4497-2722-DF43-A954-368E46AE5C5F
 
Device       Start      End  Sectors  Size Type
/dev/sda1     2048   526335   524288  256M EFI System
/dev/sda2   526336  8914943  8388608    4G Linux swap
/dev/sda3  8914944 60549086 51634143 24.6G Linux filesystem

Saving the partition layout

To save the partition layout and exit fdisk, type w.

Command (m for help):w

With the partitions created, it is now time to put filesystems on them.

Partitioning the disk with MBR for BIOS / legacy boot

The following explains how to create the example partition layout for a MBR / BIOS legacy boot installation. The example partition layout mentioned earlier is now:

Partition Description
/dev/sda2 Boot partition
/dev/sda2 Swap partition
/dev/sda3 Root partition

Change the partition layout according to personal preference.

Viewing the current partition layout

Fire up fdisk against the disk (in our example, we use /dev/sda):

root #fdisk /dev/sda

Use the p key to display the disk's current partition configuration:

Command (m for help):p
Disk /dev/sda: 28.89 GiB, 31001149440 bytes, 60549120 sectors
Disk model: DataTraveler 2.0
Units: sectors of 1 * 512 = 512 bytes
Sector size (logical/physical): 512 bytes / 512 bytes
I/O size (minimum/optimal): 512 bytes / 512 bytes
Disklabel type: gpt
Disk identifier: 21AAD8CF-DB67-0F43-9374-416C7A4E31EA
 
Device        Start      End  Sectors  Size Type
/dev/sda1      2048   526335   524288  256M EFI System
/dev/sda2    526336  2623487  2097152    1G Linux swap
/dev/sda3   2623488 19400703 16777216    8G Linux filesystem
/dev/sda4  19400704 60549086 41148383 19.6G Linux filesystem

This particular disk was until now configured to house two Linux filesystems (each with a corresponding partition listed as "Linux") as well as a swap partition (listed as "Linux swap"), using a GPT table.

Creating a new disklabel / removing all partitions

Type o to create a new MBR disklabel (here also named DOS disklabel) on the disk; this will remove all existing partitions.

Command (m for help):o
Created a new DOS disklabel with disk identifier 0xe04e67c4.
The device contains 'gpt' signature and it will be removed by a write command. See fdisk(8) man page and --wipe option for more details.

For an existing DOS disklabel (see the output of p above), alternatively consider removing the existing partitions one by one from the disk. Type d to delete a partition. For instance, to delete an existing /dev/sda1:

Command (m for help):d
Partition number (1-4): 1

The partition has now been scheduled for deletion. It will no longer show up when printing the list of partitions (p, but it will not be erased until the changes have been saved. This allows users to abort the operation if a mistake was made - in that case, type q immediately and hit Enter and the partition will not be deleted.

Repeatedly type p to print out a partition listing and then type d and the number of the partition to delete it. Eventually, the partition table will be empty:

Command (m for help):p
Disk /dev/sda: 28.89 GiB, 31001149440 bytes, 60549120 sectors
Disk model: DataTraveler 2.0
Units: sectors of 1 * 512 = 512 bytes
Sector size (logical/physical): 512 bytes / 512 bytes
I/O size (minimum/optimal): 512 bytes / 512 bytes
Disklabel type: dos
Disk identifier: 0xe04e67c4

Now we're ready to create the partitions.

Creating the boot partition

First, create a small partition which will be mounted as /boot. Type n to create a new partition, followed by p for a primary partition and 1 to select the first primary partition. When prompted for the first sector, make sure it starts from 2048 (which may be needed for the boot loader) and hit Enter. When prompted for the last sector, type +256M to create a partition 256 Mbyte in size:

Command (m for help):n
Partition type
   p   primary (0 primary, 0 extended, 4 free)
   e   extended (container for logical partitions)
Select (default p): p
Partition number (1-4, default 1): 1
First sector (2048-60549119, default 2048): 
Last sector, +/-sectors or +/-size{K,M,G,T,P} (2048-60549119, default 60549119): +256M
 
Created a new partition 1 of type 'Linux' and of size 256 MiB.

Creating the swap partition

Next, to create the swap partition, type n to create a new partition, then p, then type 2 to create the second primary partition, /dev/sda2. When prompted for the first sector, hit Enter. When prompted for the last sector, type +4G (or any other size needed for the swap space) to create a partition 4GB in size.

Command (m for help):n
Partition type
   p   primary (1 primary, 0 extended, 3 free)
   e   extended (container for logical partitions)
Select (default p): p
Partition number (2-4, default 2): 2
First sector (526336-60549119, default 526336): 
Last sector, +/-sectors or +/-size{K,M,G,T,P} (526336-60549119, default 60549119): +4G
 
Created a new partition 2 of type 'Linux' and of size 4 GiB.

After all this is done, type t to set the partition type, 2 to select the partition just created and then type in 82 to set the partition type to "Linux Swap".

Command (m for help):t
Partition number (1,2, default 2): 2
Hex code (type L to list all codes): 82

Changed type of partition 'Linux' to 'Linux swap / Solaris'.

Creating the root partition

Finally, to create the root partition, type n to create a new partition. Then type p and 3 to create the third primary partition, /dev/sda3. When prompted for the first sector, hit Enter. When prompted for the last sector, hit Enter to create a partition that takes up the rest of the remaining space on the disk. After completing these steps, typing p should display a partition table that looks similar to this:

Command (m for help):p
Disk /dev/sda: 28.89 GiB, 31001149440 bytes, 60549120 sectors
Disk model: DataTraveler 2.0
Units: sectors of 1 * 512 = 512 bytes
Sector size (logical/physical): 512 bytes / 512 bytes
I/O size (minimum/optimal): 512 bytes / 512 bytes
Disklabel type: dos
Disk identifier: 0xe04e67c4
 
Device     Boot   Start      End  Sectors  Size Id Type
/dev/sda1          2048   526335   524288  256M 83 Linux
/dev/sda2        526336  8914943  8388608    4G 82 Linux swap / Solaris
/dev/sda3       8914944 60549119 51634176 24.6G 83 Linux

Saving the partition layout

To save the partition layout and exit fdisk, type w.

Command (m for help):w

Now it is time to put filesystems on the partitions.