plug New Partition
campbell at gear.torque.net
Fri May 29 15:21:12 WST 1998
> Date: Tue, 26 May 1998 22:43:41 +0800
> From: Doug Clulow <clulow at upnaway.com>
> To: "plug at linux.org.au" <plug at linux.org.au>
> Subject: plug New Partition
> Reply-to: plug at linux.org.au
> Hi all
> I have created a new partition in an attempt to transfer some of my HD
> space from Windows to Linux ;-). My question is how can I incorporate
> the space into my current directory system. What seems like the way to
> go is to put an entry into fstab like:
> /dev/hdb3 /usr ext2 defaults 1 1
> /dev/hdb3 is the new partition, which is currently mounted under /new. I
> can't seem to find out if mounting under /usr will do anything nasty to
> my current /usr directory, and if so what do I do to add it to my
> /usr/local space, which is full.
Partitioning of drives is one of those "holy wars" of linux.
*turning flame shield up to 10*
Firstly the root partition must contain at least /etc /sbin /bin (*) to be
able to boot to the point where you can start mounting other partitions.
Since /usr is often big this is sometimes NFS mounted off a central
server. I am speaking from experience where I had a lab full of Linux
boxes, 486-33 with 200MB HDD also running Win3.1
(*) To be on the safe side I normally create a /usr/sbin and /usr/bin for
some useful system utils. When /usr is mounted it "hides" the /usr
entries on the root partition. Therefore a minimal root partition is
Getting back to your original question "will do anything nasty?", the
answer is it will hide any existing files/directories in /usr/local.
Therefore if you have a spare partition which you wish to user for
/usr/local then do the following:
cp -a /usr/local/* /new # -a is for archive copy, keeps owners,
# permisions, sym links, dates & time
# also recursively copies sub-dirs
umount /new # dismount the volume for the moment
rm -R /usr/local/* # Free the existing space. These files would be
# "hidden" when we mount /usr/local so why have them.
vi /etc/fstab # Add the entry for /usr/local
mount -a # Force "mount all" which happens at startup
PS: Last night I managed to get into ftp.redhat.com (after 50+ attempts).
I am draging down the everything except the "alpha" and "src" directories.
Don't expect the local au mirrors to be up to date for several weeks
(since most mirror programs have a single attempt and then move on).
Hopefully by Monday I will have enough to cut a CD (including the updates)
campbell at torque.net
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