Originally posted by J_stuart
Hi thak you for your fast reply, anyway i was wondering if i could back up /home on a tmp folder on /mnt unmount home delete home partition and create the swap partition+home partition then swapon partition and remount new /home and copy the backed up files, is that posible through secure shell and how can it affect my friends system, apart from reducing his /home disk space.
That's a quite feasible solution. And besides the storage space
ssh takes a fair bit of processing in file-transfers. If his CPU is a
very grunty one he probably won't notice, though.
The easiest way for you would be a plain
scp -r /home/<user> <account>@<friends-box>:/path/to/lots/of/disk
Less CPU intense for his box:
tar czf - /home/<user> | ssh <account>@<friends-box> "dd of=/path/to/lots/of/disk/tarfile"
For the latter to make sense your mate should disable
compression for his sshd.