/var too small [was Gap of years = loss of memory!!]

Vizion vizion at vizion.occoxmail.com
Thu Jun 2 16:22:28 GMT 2005

On Thursday 02 June 2005 09:13,  the author Giorgos Keramidas contributed to 
the dialogue on-
 Re: /var too small [was Gap of years = loss of memory!!]: 

>On 2005-06-02 06:44, Vizion <vizion at vizion.occoxmail.com> wrote:
>>On Thursday 02 June 2005 06:16,  the author Jerry McAllister contributed to
>>the dialogue on-
>> Re: /var too small [was Gap of years = loss of memory!!]:
>>>> This is the sort of thing I used to do regularly but not having
>>>> done this task for a few years I feel the need to check up on the
>>>> best way to deal with the circumstances described below.
>>>> I decided to change the subject - maybe you thought the original
>>>> was spam :-) I have a freebsd system with the following hard drive
>>>> configuration:
>>>> $ df
>>>> Filesystem  1K-blocks     Used     Avail Capacity  Mounted on
>>>> /dev/ad6s1a    253678    44804    188580    19%    /
>>>> devfs               1        1         0   100%    /dev
>>>> /dev/ad6s1e    253678    15732    217652     7%    /tmp
>>>> /dev/ad6s1f 148665266 18848290 117923756    14%    /usr
>>>> /dev/ad6s1d    253678   107022    126362    46%    /var
>>> As for moving the /var partition:
>>> After you fdisk(8) and disklabel(8) the new drive and newfs(8) the newly
>>> created file system[s], create a different temporaty mount point for it
>>> to use while you are moving thing - say /newvar.
>>> Then mount the file system on /newvar.
>>> Then tar stuff in /var up and move it to /newvar
>>> Unroll it in newvar and check it out.
>>>  (Since it is a whole filesystem, you could as easily use
>>> dump(8)/restore(8) When you are convinced it looks good, unmount /var and
>>> /newvar and remount the new partition as /var.  Remount the old one as
>>> /oldlogs if you like.
>>> Then edit /etc/fstab to make the new mounts the default.
>>> Then rmove the tar(dump) file.
>> Understood
>A step by step description of what I used to move my data from a 45 GB
>IDE disk to a larger, new 200 GB disk back in October, can also be found
>at the following post:
>This may come handy, so feel free to give it a look.  It more or less
>includes everything described by Jerry McAllister and shows how the
>whole process can be done using the command line tools of FreeBSD.
>Some times, sysinstall doesn't work quite right for me; so I prefer
>using fdisk/bsdlabel/newfs when I have a choise.
>- Giorgos
Thank you very much Giorgios
BTW did you read the bit about SATA drives - I seem not to be able to get 
freebsd to boot off a drive on  SATA2 if I place my new drive on SATA1 - any 

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