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Old 07-20-2005, 09:07 PM   #1
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Dealing with partitions.

I use Slackware Linux nowdays, but I am trying to move to Linux From Scratch, but I am having a little problem with my ext3 partition, I need to:

- resize the ext3 partition (and I cannot do this from the installed Linux, because the partition is mounted);
- create the new partition and format it on Reiser4
- install Linux From Scratch;
- copy the contents of my home dir from the old partition to the new one;
- remove the old partition;
- resize the Reiser4 partition to fill the space freed.

I have little experience on disk partitions and filesystems and I don't know where to begin. If you have any idea on how to do this and what programs to use, please tell me.
Old 07-20-2005, 10:24 PM   #2
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An easy way to do this is to use a Live CD such as knoppix, and use the partitioning tools such as qtparted or cfdisk to make and/or resize partitions.

hope this gets you thinking, and gives you some idea on what to google.
Old 07-21-2005, 04:18 PM   #3
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Yeah, do what what titanium_geek said, should work fine. Just a non-flaming question: Why are you installing LFS if you don't even know how to get your partitions right?
No Flames please, just a simple question.
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Depending on the size of your /home directory, it might also make sense to just backup your files to CD(s) or DVD(s), get rid of all your partitions, and start with a clean slate. Note that you cannot resize a partition to be smaller than the amount of data stored in it, and therefore any resizing actions can involve a bit of juggling - personally, if you can avoid all this, I'd say it would be worth doing. Just my 2 cents. Good luck with it -- J.W.
Old 07-22-2005, 09:37 AM   #5
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I will do the last suggestion, I will backup my files and then erase evething. I have an old HD with an Linux intalation (and I just remembered of it) from where I can build LFS.
I found out that there is no resize.reiser4 program on reiser4progs tarball, thus, reiser4 cannot be resized.

About the non-flaming question: one day I would need to learn...


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