July 19, 07
Hi all - So I followed the VL 5.8 Standard/Xfce installation procedure and everything has been OK with a few minor hiccups. Apparently I missed the part about mounting partitions. I assumed they would all be auto-mounted during the installation partition selection procedure.
I have a 60 Gb HD on this laptop. I think I installed with a 3 Gb root and approx 2x RAM swap (1024) and the rest was free space (55+Gb). For some reason I assumed User/User Home would automatically go into free space. Now I see that my HD is "97% full" and I can't do some gslapt updates. So I've been operating for 6 months with a 3 Gb HD----not a big downloader here.
I checked the Forum (partitioning topics) and Vector Docs. Went to Vasm and it stated /dev/hda2 available for mounting and asked what directory? What directory? I know what a directory is but never heard of a partition going into a directory. I thought disk partitioning is a physical HD dividing/mapping process and directories are top categories of an abstract OS file tree beneath which can exist any number of sub-directories and files. So a HD with 10 partitions could have 10 separate file trees. Right? Plus Vasm said "data may be lost" so I just quit. How could data be lost in a free space sector with no data?
I can't believe I've been operating entirely in the "root partition" all this time
. So basically I need to mount dev/hda2 without losing data. I only have one User (myself) on this system so I also need to move the entire User directory to the newly mounted partition. I can follow CLI directions but don't want to hose this install so any advice would be much appreciated. Thanx - D.
July 20, 07
The above is rather verbose as too often questions are posted without enough info. So to summarize:
1) During VL 5.8/Xfce installation I ignorantly failed to mount partitions.
2) I've been operating with a single partition which is now 97% full.
3) I reviewed various VL docs and went ahead with Vasm file mounting. Got a bit confused with the device mounting Xfce panel function. Looks like hda1 is mounted 3 times now. Is this a problem?
4) I'm uncertain how to move home/usr to hda2.
Filesystem 1K-blocks Used Available Use% Mounted on
/dev/hda1 2931732 2839428 92304 97% /
tmpfs 252660 0 252660 0% /dev/shm
/dev/hda2 53711680 113812 53597868 1% /mnt/hda2
/dev/hda1 2931732 2839428 92304 97% /mnt/win/dev/hda2
/dev/hda1 2931732 2839428 92304 97% /mnt/win
tmpfs 131072 12 131060 1% /tmp
Now the cfdisk output looks exactly the way I originally intended when first installing VL 5.8. The only changes I made was changing hda2 and hda3 to bootable. The VL docs say one can have up to 4 Primary partitions so this is ok - right?
Disk Drive: /dev/hda
Size: 60011642880 bytes, 60.0 GB
Heads: 255 Sectors per Track: 63 Cylinders: 7296
Name Flags Part Type FS Type [Label] Size (MB)
hda1 Boot Primary Linux ReiserFS 3002.23
hda2 Boot Primary Linux ReiserFS 55002.45
hda3 Boot Primary Linux swap 1019.94
Pri/Log Free Space 987.04
So I imagine moving /usr/home would use the "cd" and "mv" commands in root but I'm not sure the precise syntax. Thanks