[clug] Moving the contents of / to a new filesystem on Ubuntu?
robert at timetraveller.org
Mon Jul 26 12:11:24 MDT 2010
On Tue, 27 Jul 2010, Michael Still wrote:
> Is there a nice tool in Ubuntu which will support moving the contents of / to
> this file system without a reinstall? I could do it manually, but its fiddly
> to do while remote from the machine, which I will be for the next 10 days.
Hi Michael. If you boot off a live cdrom you can move data around,
repartition & remap the bootloader with a minimum of pain. You'll just
need someone close to the system (remote hands) to pop the cdrom in and
out as required.
Dump & tar are both fine tools to move the data. Dump has a bit of a bad
name in the Linux world but it is fine on filesystems that are not being
actively written to.
I would stay away from dd. In this context it is normally used to move
filesystems not files. This is a very rigid way of moving the data around
and adds complication. Eg if you put it on a larger partition you will
need to grew the filesystem. If you put it on a smaller partition you
would need to shrink it, which might not even be feasible.
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