Re: random partition/mount question

Subject: Re: random partition/mount question
From: Phil Kirschner (
Date: Wed Apr 19 2000 - 23:10:46 MDT

Hey, thanks a lot. But quickly, can you tell me the difference between
fdisk and pdisk? When I use pdisk to display the partitions on my working
drive, it shows them just fine. If I use fdisk on the same drive, it says
that the drive does not contain a valid partition table.

Why is that?


A typical class at Washington University: show up, get rid of your homework, get new homework, leave.

> From: Ed Jaeger <> > Reply-To: > Date: Wed, 19 Apr 2000 21:39:57 -0700 > To: > Subject: Re: random partition/mount question > > Yes. After you install the new drive & reboot create a temporary mount > point for it (mkdir /mnt/home-new). Partition & format the new drive > with fdisk & mke2fs, then mount it on /mnt/home-new. Then copy your > existing /home over - I use cpio to preserve permisions, modification > times, etc: > > cd /home > find . -depth -print | cpio -pdmuv /mnt/new-home > > When you're done change /etc/fstab to reflect your new drive and then > rename /home to /home-old (otherwise mounting the new drive at /home > will make the existing files unreachable). Then restart. > > Phil Kirschner wrote: >> >> Newbie-like question about partitioning/mounting for the list: >> >> If I install linux onto a drive, not giving /home it's own partition, how >> hard would it be to change where /home is mounted from if I bought another >> drive and wanted to put my /home files on there and have it be mounted to >> /home instead of the existing files which would need to be moved over to the >> new drive? >> >> Was that long winded enough? Basically, can I get a new drive, mount it, cp >> the /home directory files to it, and then set that drive to mount as /home >> in /etc/fstab? >> >> Any help would be amazing. >> >> -Phil >> >> -- >> >> "Today's CS lecture will be conducted entirely through the medium of >> interpretive dance." >> -Something I've always wanted to hear but never will. > > -- > --- > Ed Jaeger > > "A man is not old until regrets take the place of dreams." > > -- John Barrymore

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