back up to increase partition size

p.daniels teeahr1 at
Thu Feb 21 13:45:01 UTC 2008

If you haven't added a lot of external programs, perhaps just backing up /home 
and reinstalling would suffice. It might be small enough that you don't have 
to tar it.


On Wednesday 20 February 2008 23:37:19 Constantinos Maltezos wrote:
> This may not be the ideal list to post to for this, but I'd like to try
> anyway as I find you all a friendly and generally very helpful group.
> When I installed Kubuntu on my laptop, I shrank my Windows partition to
> leave 10 gigs of space for it (the harddrive is 100 gigs).  I now realize
> how much of a mistake that was (especially since I haven't logged on to
> Windows since Kubuntu's been installed) and would like to give it a 20 gig
> partition.  Tell me if the following plan is the best way:
> Tar my current installation of Kubuntu onto my Windows partition (it has
> 38.5 gigs free and Kubuntu is currently taking up 8.5).  Then use my
> gparted live CD to delete the current partition and create 20 gig one. 
> Reinstall Kubuntu from the CD, then untar my old one back onto the new
> partition.
> My main questions, if this is indeed the best way of doing it, are if tar
> will keep all permissions, owners and groups intact and what would be the
> best switches when I tar it?  Also, will tar want to use the current Linux
> partition for anything and run out of room or will it use the Windows
> partition for its work entirely?
> Thanks in advance.

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