This is a bit of a big ask but I’m trying to move back to Endeavour from OpenSUSE Tumbleweed. I still love Tumbleweed but I am having issues with codecs and other niggles. The main reason I moved from Endeavour in the first place is that Tumbleweed seemed to have everything set up properly from the beginning and I want a distro that ‘Just works’.
I am planning to install EOS on BTRFS and want to get snapper to take automatic snapshots when upgrading packages but I’m not really sure how to set up the partitions.
I’ve got a 1TB NVME drive, a 500GB SSD for Steam games, another 1TB HDD for Steam games (older games that don’t need the speed for loading etc) and finally a 4TB HDD for ‘DATA’ which contains things like my music, family pictures and videos and other random stuff like documents etc.
Can anyone please suggest how to best partition the NVME drive for BTRFS snapshots etc and also, if it is possible to mount the other drives as subvolumes instead of symlinking?
I don’t want to format any of the drives so if symlinking (e.g. /DATA/Music to ~/Music) is the best way, I will stick to that.
Thanks in advance guys
I’ve been doing this for years by symlinking the folders on my data HDD directly into /home/user. If only because my data HDD is too slow to host the dotfiles from /home/user. That way I can leave the home partition on the SSD. The easiest way is not necessarily the worst way .
Just install EOS on the drive or partition you want to and select BTRFS as file system during the calamres setup. It will create all needed subvolumes.
But to mount your other drives into specific folders during boot it depends on what file systems these drives are using. In general this will be done by editing your /etc/fstab. The output of lsblk -f would be helpful here, if you don’t know how to do this.
For your desired setup of snapper just install some packages: yay -S snapper snap-pac snap-pac-grub grub-btrfs
This is all you need to do. This will set up automatic snapshots on install/uninstall/update and makes the snapshots bootable from grub. If you want to use a GUI for managing your subvolumes and snapshots I would recommend installing BTRFS-Assistant.