I am stumped with this. Here is what I have:
One SUSE 11 with SP1 virtual machine (VM running on VWare vCenter), 50 gig HD, on root partition, 12 gig memory and 12 Gig swap file.
linux:~ # df -h
Filesystem Size Used Avail Use% Mounted on
/dev/sda2 48G 46G 154M 100% /
devtmpfs 5.9G 108K 5.9G 1% /dev
tmpfs 5.9G 88K 5.9G 1% /dev/shm
linux:~ # free -tom
total used free shared buffers cached
Mem: 11980 2236 9744 0 10 1536
Swap: 1498 0 1498
Total: 13478 2236 11242
/dev/sda1 swap swap defaults 0 0
/dev/sda2 / ext3 acl,user_xattr 1 1
proc /proc proc defaults 0 0
sysfs /sys sysfs noauto 0 0
debugfs /sys/kernel/debug debugfs noauto 0 0
devpts /dev/pts devpts mode=0620,gid=5 0 0
/dev/sdb / ext3 acl,user_xattr 1 2
I am trying to install this work application on it and that's what providing the swap file requirement. (I get an error about requiring 12 gig swap file if I don't have it) But for some reason the application keeps eating up the space as I install the various packages it needs. So I figured, no problem, I will just add a second hard disk, mount it under root, edit the fstab, and I should be fine.
So from vmware I add the second hard disk, another 50 gig should fix it. But on linux it always shows up as sdb, instead of being part of sda2. so sda2 remains 50 gig and my application still can't install because it doesn't expand into sdb for some reason. (Dev guys left for the day already, and their environment always just calls for a single partition root on sda.)
Also, the sdb that I mount, would disappear if I restart the VM. Which is absolutely not acceptable under any circumstances. That is also why from the partition table up above you do not see sdb.
I am mounting sdb via this document that I found here: http://www.cyberciti.biz/faq/linux-disk-format/
Now application wise there is nothing I can do, it is another department and something I intend to use, not develop, so I am not touch that can of worms.
My next plan of attack is to just create a new bloody vm with 100gig hd and install suse on it again because i do need a working version of the app. but in the meanwhile, if someone could help me figure this out, I would appreciate it.
if you any questions please feel free to ask.