partition question

Rashkae ubuntu at
Wed Sep 14 14:57:23 UTC 2011

On 09/14/2011 10:00 AM, R Kimber wrote:
> My /usr partition is getting fairly full (86% use) and I wondered if there
> was anything simple that I could do to extend its effective size before any
> problems arise.  I have plenty of space on other partitions, including one
> that is unused.
> Of course, I could re-install, or I could use LVM, but I was wondering
> whether there was a simpler approach - e.g. by making a link (hard or soft?)
> between /usr and a directory on the empty partition?  Would the system see
> that as just one larger /usr?
> I'm not looking for the ideologically purest way of doing it - in the long
> run I shall re-install and re-partition - just the simplest and quickest to
> avoid any immediate problems while I get on with other stuff.
> - Richard.

Making a soft link if a directory in /usr to a space in another 
partition should work jut fine.

In theory, /sbin should have everything you need to have a working shell 
you can use to recover if something goes wrong with the link.  In 
practice, you might find yourself using a live distro to fix any 
oopses.  You'll probably want to use the live boot system to move/link 
the directory in the first place.

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