problems using maximized partitions--how to resize?
My HD was originally set up with my attempting to maximize the disk
space usage, as the help available suggested it being feasible/useful.
For kicks I DL'd Libranet, planning to play with it using my unused
freespace. The installer complained about the partition table being
screwed up, and it went on to show a planned resizing of the current
partitions. This involved slicing about 0.03 Mb off of each partition
as dead space. I had had this happen once before without so much
warning with the Debian installer, and nearly lost everything.
I bolted from the installation, of course.
My big question is... what is a workable plan for changing this, since
it seems to create more problems?? Is this something I can work around
another way than what I'm thinking about below? Current setup
hda1 Boot Primary NTFS  15356.60
hda2 Primary W95 FAT32 (LBA) 6144.29
hda3 Primary Linux swap 1027.23*
hda5 Logical Linux ext2 1024.00*
hda6 Logical Linux ext2 31.94*
hda7 Logical Linux ext2 96.00*
hda8 Logical Linux ext2 1023.94*
hda9 Logical Linux ext2 2024.13*
hda10 Logical Linux ext2 6144.13*
hda11 Logical Linux ext2 4096.26*
hda12 Logical Linux ext2 10240.48*
Logical Free Space 72822.57*
hda5 is my rescue partition.
/boot, /, /tmp, /var, /usr, and /home round out hda5-11.
hda12 is a backup partition.
I might merge the boot/root/tmp partitions in the process--seems a bit
I boot using grub, based off of my rescue partition.
I'm not scared about moving stuff around the disk, and was thinking
about the following:
1) Boot to rescue. Format the freespace (hda13... how cute. :)
2) Create directories for the other partitions' contents on hda13.
3) Copy that stuff over from each partition
(`cp -a * /mnt/dir_4_this_partition` from the mounted hda6-11)
4) Redo the middle partitions. Parted? (I've never used it...)
5) Copy stuff back from hda13.
6) Boot into the main system and redo the emergency partition.
Things I'm uncomfortable with: dealing with the swap (I have 512 Gb
memory--can I boot with no swap to deal with that? When?), and what
exactly I need to do in cfdisk/parted to get rid of this maximized
Does this make sense? Is there a better approach or tool to use?
Many thanks for thoughts...
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