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This document is for a previous release of cPanel & WHM. To view our latest documentation, visit our Home page.

For cPanel & WHM 11.48


For flexibility in a Linux® environment, we recommend that you preconfigure a simple partition scheme with as few partitions as possible.

Advanced partitions

Before you follow the recommendations in the table below, be aware that you may outgrow these guidelines, based on how you use your server.


With the exception of the  / and  swap partitions, all of the following partitions are optional.

/40 GB recommended minimumThis partition contains the base operating system.
/boot250 MB

This partition contains kernels and the boot loader configuration file.

/usr16 GB recommended minimum

This partition contains the following items:

  • cPanel & WHM files
  • Apache files and logs
  • Most of the files for other applications

16 GB recommended minimum 

This partition contains the following items:

  • MySQL® databases
  • cPanel & WHM configuration files
  • System logs
  • The mail queue

Grow to fill disk 

This partition contains cPanel user accounts.

2 GB 

This partition contains temporary files.


You may use securetmp regardless of this setting.

swapTwice the server's RAMThis partition contains RAM overflow that the system can write to the hard disk.