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Re: reclaiming space from redmond!

Prashanth Narayanan wrote:

some more info: (i messed up the named of the devices in my earlier email)
here is a "df -h" from my machine:

prash@mantra:~$ df -h
Filesystem            Size  Used Avail Use% Mounted on
/dev/hda8             3.8G  3.2G  389M  90% /
tmpfs                 189M     0  189M   0% /dev/shm
/dev/hda6              45M  5.3M   37M  13% /boot
/dev/hda1             6.9G  6.7G  228M  97% /mnt/c
/dev/hda5             7.8G  6.7G  1.2G  86% /mnt/d
/dev/hdb1              28G   24G  4.7G  84% /mnt/g
/dev/hdb5              28G   25G  3.9G  87% /mnt/h
/dev/hdb6              28G   15G   14G  52% /mnt/i
/dev/hdb7              31G   23G  8.3G  74% /mnt/j

as you can see /dev/hda6 is where i have my "/" partition. this is 90% full.
Um, no. It's /dev/hda8 which is your "/" partition.

Since 8 is not next to 5, you won't be able to merge these two partitions.

You can backup, wipe, repartion, restore, to get things the way you want.

Or, what I would suggest, is to simply move to a multi-partition scheme. You can use the /dev/hda6 partition for /usr, or /var, or /home (whichever is taking up the most space on /dev/hda8). For example, let's say your /usr directory is 2.8 GB of your 3.2 GB used on "/". You can cfdisk /dev/hda6 into a Linux partition, then format it (mkfs.ext3 /dev/hda6). Then mount /dev/hda6 on a temporary directory ("mkdir /tmpusr"; "mount /dev/hda6 /tmpusr"). Then copy the /usr data over ("cp -a /usr/* /tmpusr"). The next step is tricky. Either go into single user mode and then delete everything in /usr, then edit /etc/fstab and add a line for /usr on /dev/hda6, or boot off a LiveCD like Knoppix and do the equivalent. Then unmount /tmpusr (if necessary) and remount /dev/hda6 on /usr. You're all done.

i need to "merge" somehow the 6.9 gb of /mnt/d mounted on /dev/hda5
(although it says 86% full,  i will transfer all the data before i do
this of course).

so the question is: how do i merge /dev/hda6 (linux "/") with
/dev/hda5 (windows "d:drive")?

Kent West
Technology Support
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