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Re: moving /var

richard@the-place.net <richard@the-place.net>:
>  On Wed, Dec 20, 2006 at 01:41:11PM -0500, Greg Folkert wrote:
> > On Wed, 2006-12-20 at 14:36 +0000, richard@the-place.net wrote:
> > > I recently tried to move /var to a new partition.  Booted from some
> > > live cd, moved it and edited /etc/fstab to suit.  Broke the machine
> >
> > So, what did you do to move it? (list of commands used, would be good)
>  Hmm, it's a couple of weeks ago now.  I usually use cp -a for things
>  like this and then rename the directory and make a new one to mount to,
>  but in this case I think I used mv.  I don't think there are any critical

Note mv doesn't work between filesystems.  cp -a or tar/untar (or any
other archiver) is the right way.

>  symlinks. The old /var directory was definitely empty after the move,
>  because I checked.  Anyway cp -a back again put everything into place
>  and the system booted as normal afterwards.

I don't understand how.

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