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    Moving A File System To A Different Partition

    I need a bigger / fs so I created a new bigger partition for that, but I donīt know where to go from there,, and how to move the content of the old / to the new one? and how to tell the system of the change?

    btw I am using Mandrake 9.1 and have /, /usr, /var /boot, /tmp, /home each in a seperate patition

    thank you in advance

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    Re:Moving A File System To A Different Partition

    Make a folder to mount the newly created partition.

    mkdir /new

    Mount your new partition there

    mount -t filesystem /dev/hd** /new where filesystem is the name of your filesystem, and hd** is your new partition.

    Copy everything in / to /new

    cp -rf /* /new/ (There might be an error here, because it might try to copy /new onto itself. I will check how to get over this when i get home.)

    Edit your boot manager to point / to your new partition.

    For lilo, edit it so that it looks like:

    image = /boot/vmlinuz
    label = linux
    root = /dev/hd**
    then rerun lilo.

    For Grub, you need to reinstall it:

    Install GRUB on the MBR. su -c grubroot (hd0,2) (substitute (hd0,2) for the hard drive and partition where your / is located.), setup (hd0)

    Then edit /etc/fstab to point to your new /.

    /dev/hd*****/ ***ext2 ***defaults ***1 ***1


    Man, I'm confusing as hell. Let me know if I lost you.

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