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Old 08-29-2009, 04:49 PM   #1
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trying to move some folders to new partitions and failing.

My wifes netbook is out of space on the / partition, so I'm trying to move her /var /lib and /opt folders to their own partitions on a seperate device (sd card). I've successfully resized the sd card with 3 new partitions. Here is where I'm stuck

I mount the first new partition to /mnt/temp then cp -Rp /var/* to /mnt/temp/

then I modify the /etc/fstab for /var on the new partition
UUID=<uuidnumber> /var ext4 relatime 0 0

When I reboot the system, it works fine until she logs in, then gnome throws a bunch of errors about the panel encountering a problem while loading gnome applets, and do I want to delete the applet from my configuration.

Another error is an Internal error: failed to initialize HAL!

I'm very confused and really need to get this laptop working soon.
Here's the details of the system:
Asus Eee 901,
Eeebuntu 3.0.1
4gb SSD
16gb SD

Last edited by mortalic; 08-29-2009 at 05:08 PM.
Old 08-30-2009, 08:26 AM   #2
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Once you mounted /mnt/temp/ try the copy action like this:
rsync -uav /var/ /mnt/temp/
Do not omit the backslash behind /var/, enter this exactly like I wrote, no asterisk.

Needless to say to do this as root.

If you changed just the UUID to the new UUID in fstab and the device mounts correctly I don't see any reason why it should not work.

After the copy action you could try and see if you can mount the new partition on /var and if the contents of /var looks familiar to you. This is not completely fool-proof, applications which rely on /var/ might crash if you point them to /var which is not up-to-date with currently running processes.

Old 08-31-2009, 08:03 PM   #3
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Well I messed something up beyond repair before I could try your suggestion, good thing I made a backup I guess. I'll just repartition the drives the way I want them and reinstall linux. Thanks for the help.


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