Fedora preupgrade - boot partition too small
My attempt to upgrade Fedora 14 to 16 fails - not enough space in boot partition.
I got onboard Fedora at Fedora 12. Being new to the Fedora scene, and trusting in the fairness and wisdom of my fellow man, I took the defaults. I got two partitions - a 194MB boot partition and a rest of the disk for everything else partition - and the LVM virtual disk system.
In retrospect I wish it had given me more flexibility and the old fashoned unix file system.
I later came across "The Perfect Desktop" at http://www.howtoforge.com/the-perfec...-14-i686-gnome
and spent days installing all this stuff. I also installed a lot of programming stuff like Eclipse.
It would be nice if I could shrink the big partition, move it back making space for a larger boot partition and expand the boot partition.
There was a utility - Partition Magic - that solved things like this in the Microsoft world. I have a copy somewhere but I doubt that it works on the newer partition types.
Does the following make sense? Install Fedora 16 on a separate drive, with separate partitions for a number of things /, /home, swap, etc - per current Fedora documentation. Leave both the new and old disk connected, with the bios set to boot to the new drive (but with F11 I can boot as I choose).After it works, change the mount point for /home to /home on my old drive. Install my most frequently used packages on the new drive and boot the old drive when I want to use one of the less used packages. That way both systems share the same /home material, I have access to all my installed packages but don’t need to spend the considerable time needed to install them all.
Or alternatively - does someone know how to clone the old drive while increasing the size of the boot partition. I could clone to a larger disk that way. Right now Im on a 40 GB, could clone to a 60GB if I could simultantously expand the boot partition. eg. use parted (or whatever) to create on a larger drive a larger boot partition and a rest of the drive partition. use DD(or whatever) to populate them. Or sometihng along those lines.
Hope someone can share some wisdom
Yes I have a abckup - I'm working with a clonezilla copy.