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Old 05-06-2005, 02:31 AM   #1
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Move mount point to another physical drive?

root@gateway:~# cat /etc/fstab
/dev/sda5        swap             swap        defaults         0   0
/dev/sda1        /                reiserfs    defaults         1   1
/dev/sda6        /usr             reiserfs    defaults         1   2
/dev/sdb1        /var             reiserfs    defaults         1   2
/dev/cdrom       /mnt/cdrom       iso9660     noauto,owner,ro  0   0
/dev/fd0         /mnt/floppy      auto        noauto,owner     0   0
devpts           /dev/pts         devpts      gid=5,mode=620   0   0
proc             /proc            proc        defaults         0   0
I want to move /var from /dev/sdb to /dev/sda without ruining my system. I have enough space on sda6 to accomodate all the data in /var. Can I just copy the data to /usr/var and then make a hardlink /var -> /usr/var, then restore it when I'm done ?

If I can do that, what modifications so I make to fstab, just change /dev/sdb1 from /var to /benchmark?

I want to do this to run some custom file system benchmarks on the spare drive which will require reformatting it several times.

The following thread was slightly helpful, but didn't quite answer the question
Old 05-06-2005, 07:59 AM   #2
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Read my December 12th, 2003 - New Drive in Server Journal Entry found here:

I actually performed the same thing you are wanting to do with /var.. with the exact steps I took.
Old 05-06-2005, 02:42 PM   #3
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Cool so my ideas was pretty much right...I was just worried that not finding /var in fstab (since it would be inside another partition which was not /, which would make everything easy) would make Slack yell at me.



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