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I know this has been asked before, but i'm not getting it yet. I need some pretty clear-cut instructions for this, ebcause i messed up pretty bad trying before..
I currently have Suse Linux 9.1 Professioanl installed on a 100GB partition of a 120GB har drive. I would like to allow Linux to claim the other 20GB which is currently a FAT32 share between Linux and WinXP, and move my /home directory to the new partition, that way if i ever reinstall or upgrade, my /home rests on a different partition and the new installation can simply mount that partition for home.. How is this done?
1) backup everything you want on the FAT32 partition and unmount
2) figure out which partition it is (fdisk -l or df should tell you). I will assume that it's /dev/hda2 for this example
3) umount /dev/hda2 (unmounts it)
4) /sbin/mkreiserfs /dev/hda2 (formats the partition as ReiserFS -- again replace hda2 with whatever your partition is).
5) mv /home /home.orig (back up /home)
6) mkdir /home
7) mount /dev/hda2 /home
7) cd /home.orig
8) cp -a * /home (move everything from the old home to the new one)
8) modify /etc/fstab to mount /dev/hda2 on home, e.g. add the line:
/dev/hda2 /home reiserfs defaults 1 2
9) when you're satisfied it's all working, you can delete /home.orig
as for FreeKevin's comment.
I do so video and audio editing, so i may use a good bit of space. You never know... I had all this space when i was using Windows.. I'm not just gonna throw it away. But i see what you mean, most Linux apps are tiny in filesize.