[xubuntu-users] Add space on / with additional disk

Vincent imnotb at gmail.com
Tue May 13 14:43:38 BST 2008

On 5/13/08, Teo <teo666 at linuxmail.org> wrote:
> Vincent ha scritto:
> >
> >
> > On 5/13/08, *Teo* <teo666 at linuxmail.org <mailto:teo666 at linuxmail.org>>
> > wrote:
> >
> >     Hello everyone,
> >     I'm searching for a way to add space on / adding one hdd.
> >     I don't want to change partitions or similar, only add free space of
> a
> >     second hdd to /.
> >     Is that possible??
> >     My problem was born from insufficient space for upgrade the distro
> on a
> >     remote (monitorless and keyboardless) pc on my lan.
> >     In alternative I tried to mount free space in /var/cache/apt, but
> the
> >     update-manager still say that there's not enough space on / to
> install..
> >     Thanx,
> >     Teo.
> >
> >
> > I'm not an expert, but I'm afraid it's impossible. What you could do is
> > set the hard drive to mount to a place where a lot of files are stored.
> > Perhaps it'd make for a good home directory? If you're going to do that,
> > be sure to move over the files that are currently in that directory :)
> >
> > --
> > Vincent
> >
> Ok, so I have to copy the content of a folder to a new partition, then
> mount the new (not empty) partition in the (old) empty folder..
> ..sure that space freed by moving could be used for installation..right??

Well, let's say you want to move /nonexistent folder to the new hard drive.
First, you move everything contained in that folder to
/home/yourusername/backup . Then you set the mount point of the new hard
drive to /nonexistent and move the files in the backup back to that folder.

I wouldn't know how to do that with critical folders though, but surely
there's someone on this list who is better at this subject who can explain

But where apt-get, or better update-manager, stores the downloaded files
> for installation??

When a package is installed, files get spread out across the place. For
example, the file to actually run the program is often located in /usr/bin,
while the application's files are stored in /usr/share. The package itself
is archived in /var/cache/apt, and so on... That's why this'd be so
problematic. Your home folder might be a good idea, but a lot easier when
doing a new installation than moving an existing Xubuntu installation.

And, if I'd mount a partition on that (unknown yet..) folder the program
> (during upgrade) could detect enough space?
> I like this kind of challenge..and linux..

You're not the only one :)

> Teo.

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