Resizing /var

Vizion vizion at
Mon Jun 13 00:54:21 GMT 2005

On Saturday 11 June 2005 16:37,  the author Jerry McAllister contributed to 
the dialogue on-
 Re: Resizing /var: 

>> Giorgos Keramidas wrote:
>> > On 2005-06-11 15:43, ptitoliv <ptitoliv at> wrote:
>> >>I have a big problem on a FreeBSD 5.3 Box. It is an hosted server
>> >>installed by an hosting service. But I didn't know what they smoke when
>> >>they have installed the system but they sized the /var filesystem only
>> >>to 200 MB which is not sufficient for my needs.
>> >>
>> >>I used an emergency solution which was to transfer some datas on /usr
>> >>like databases but I am afraid that the problem will come back. So I am
>> >>asking here if there is any solution to transfer free space from ./usr
>> >>to /var.
>> >>
>> >>But there are some constraints :
>> >>
>> >>- I have no free unpartitioned space available
>> >>- I can't format any partition because and I can't loose datas
>> >>
>> >>Is there any solution with some BSD tools in order to solve this problem
>> >> ?
>> >
>> > None that I know of.  Your best bet is, I guess, to find somewhere
>> > enough space for a backup, repartition & restore session.
>> Doesn't it make sense to simply move selectetd directories to a
>> partition with free space and create symlinks?  I would think moving
>> /var/db and /var/log would suffice for most situations.
>That makes a lot of sense.   In fact it is probably the best way to go.
>There are numerous posts (some by me) in the archive that tell how
>to do it step by step.
Be careful though because some applications get thrown by symlinks - Orbit is 
very touchy with symlinks as I found out to my cost. Before doing anything I 
recomend to do a tar cvf of /var so you can fully restore it.

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