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Re: Re-partitioning -- uh oh, I'm confusedconfusconfusconconfusedfusededed

--- Kent West <westk@acu.edu> wrote:

> Ridge Chittenden wrote:
> >Hi all,
> >
> >I have a machine running Debian Woody. There's one
> >120GB hard drive, /dev/hda. When I installed Debian
> a
> >few months ago, I split the disk into two 60GB
> >partitions. I figured that I'd install another OS
> in
> >the second partition. I never did. Now, I want to
> >recombine the partitions into one, big chunk.
> >
> >This would be a pretty straightforward use of
> parted,
> >I assume, but here's the rub: For some reason, the
> >Debian installer put / on /dev/hda1 and /usr on
> >/dev/hda3. If I just delete /dev/hda3, I'll destroy
> >/usr, right? That, I presume, would be bad. 
> >
> >So how to I handle this? Can I just mount /usr on
> >/dev/hda1, then delete /dev/hda3? Or is my /usr
> data
> >on /dev/hda3? I guess I just don't understand
> >partitioning that well and I'm confused. Any
> >suggestions?
> >  
> >
> The installer apparently saw the two 60GB partitions
> and used them both; 
> one for / and one for /usr.
> You'll need to copy the /usr files over to the first
> partition.
> # init 1
> # umount /usr
> # mkdir /oldusr
> # mount /dev/hda3 /olduser
> # cp -a /olduser/* /usr
> # [edit /etc/fstab and comment out or delete the
> /dev/hda3 line]
> # init 2

Thanks Kent. This looks like what I need to do. A
quick question: What's the reason for going into
single-user mode? I ask because this machine has
neither keyboard nor monitor, and I usually ssh into
it. init 1 drops my ssh connection.

(Thinking out loud: Perhaps this is a good time to
boot with a live CD--assuming it enables sshd--since I
expect I'll need to not be running off /dev/hda at all
to edit the partition table...)


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