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Old 10-01-2005, 06:54 AM   #1
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root partition gets full when using cp -a on another partition

I'm trying to backup my /home partition from one partition to another and am trying to move my windoze partition to another as well. I'm using cp -a to do this, which I've successfully done before with moving my /home partition. I'm moving my windoze partition from a 25 to an 80 gig partition. In both cases, the cp -a command begins well enough, but then gives errors that the disk is full. I find out that my / partition is that which is full, and the destination partitions are not full at all. The / partition is about 84% of 5 gig full normally. Why is / being written to and what do I need to do differently? thanks
Old 10-01-2005, 11:09 AM   #2
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"Why is / being written to and what do I need to do differently?"

Could you post the cp command that you are using and post what partitions are mounted on what directories? You can get a partition/directory list with the mount command:

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Old 10-02-2005, 06:41 AM   #3
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Perhaps /tmp is on the / partition and it is filling up the /tmp directory?


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