Is it possible to change the mount points without formatting the drive or reinstalling the OS?

steven vollom stevenvollom at sbcglobal.net
Sun Jun 7 15:48:25 UTC 2009


On Sunday 07 June 2009 03:02:21 pm David McGlone wrote:
> On Sunday 07 June 2009 12:33:25 pm Willy K. Hamra wrote:
> > David McGlone wrote:
> > > On Sunday 07 June 2009 01:29:09 am steven vollom wrote:
> > >> On Sunday 07 June 2009 12:10:03 am David McGlone wrote:
> > >>> On Saturday 06 June 2009 04:50:45 pm steven vollom wrote:
> > >>
> > >> When I installed the '/' partition, I used 20gb for size which after
> > >> installation appears to be a little over 17gb.  It currently has
> > >> 14.7gb of unused space after moving the movies to /dev/sda2.  The
> > >> balance of the 80GiB HDD contains all the data that has been saved in
> > >> the new installation and shows a remainder of storage space as
> > >> 43.7GiB.
> > >>
> > >> Of the 200GiB HDD, /dev/sdb2 is the 99gb partition which after
> > >> partitioning shows a balance of space as 86.8GiB (but has no data
> > >> stored in it).  The other 100gb partition of the 200GiB HDD, and is
> > >> also empty, shows a balance of space at 90.2GiB.  You now have an
> > >> accurate description of my computer's partitions.
> > >>
> > >> Now here is the fstab, which totally confuses me when I look at it:
> > >>
> > >> # /etc/fstab: static file system information.
> > >> #
> > >> # Use 'vol_id --uuid' to print the universally unique identifier for a
> > >> # device; this may be used with UUID= as a more robust way to name
> > >> devices # that works even if disks are added and removed. See
> > >> fstab(5). #
> > >> # <file system> <mount point>   <type>  <options>       <dump>  <pass>
> > >> proc            /proc           proc    defaults        0       0
> > >> # / was on /dev/sda1 during installation
> > >> UUID=6747e921-8b72-4f24-b6a8-c86c919d869a /               ext3
> > >> relatime,errors=remount-ro 0       1
> > >> # swap was on /dev/sda3 during installation
> > >> UUID=cc9ed070-52d6-41df-81f4-985108e1436d none            swap    sw
> > >> 0       0
> > >> /dev/scd0       /media/cdrom0   udf,iso9660 user,noauto,exec,utf8 0
> > >>  0 /dev/fd0        /media/floppy0  auto    rw,user,noauto,exec,utf8 0
> > >>    0
> > >>
> > >> Here is what I intended and really want as my partitioning setup, if
> > >> it is possible through editing fstab:
> > >
> > > Ok we are going to have to stop right here. I was under the impression
> > > that you had already set up your other partitions (home, svpersonal and
> > > backup) but apparently you have only set up a root partition.
> > >
> > > So this changes the scenario, and puts you in a position where you have
> > > 2 choices. You can either re-install 1 more time and make sure you set
> > > up your partitions this time around, or you can try resizing them,
> > > which I never do, because sometimes resizing can corrupt partitions,
> > > especially on a Winbloze system.
> >
> > i am guessing from his disk-* entries in media that his home partition
> > is still there. no need to resize anything. they are just not set to
> > mount at their correct place during setup. we need the outputs of:
> > sudo fdisk -l
> > mount
> >
> > after that, we can be sure, and we might just need to correct fstab.
>
> Thats very true. I didn't think about that at first, because I was under
> the impression he had partitioned his drive during the previous install and
> he only wanted to change the mount points.
> --
> Blessings,
> David M.
> http://www.dmcentral.net
I followed the instructions of another helper from the list, and have already 
formatted, reinstalled, reconfigured with proper mounting.  I guess you did not 
see the Resolved posting.  Thanks, but it is past us now.

Steven




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