moving /home

Claude Jones claude_jones at
Sun Dec 4 19:42:15 UTC 2005

On Sun December 4 2005 10:23 am, Gilboa Davara wrote:
> Go to init 1.
> Move home files to new drive.
> Unmount /home
> Edit fstab.
> Remount new /home.

If I'm understanding this better now, let me ask of your patience again. 
Thanks to all for your suggestions. I read the links provided by Anil, and 
that helped to state the man docs in different words and make them come more 
clear. But, each question answered raises a new question. I'm not free to 
experiment freely, because this machine is firewalling, routing, and doing 
dhcp for a network that needs to stay pretty much up. Taking Gilboa's 
1) Go to init 1 - from a root prompt I can type 
"init 1"
2) Move home files to new drive - here, I'm floundering. My new drive sda1 is 
not mounted yet. I've read the man mv pages, but, I'm not clear here. Can I 
just run: 
" mv -rp /home /sda1" 
3) Unmount home - this I think I understand: 
"umount /home"
4) Edit fstab - I like Anil's suggestion here - make a copy of my current 
fstab with a different name before embarking on step 1 - edit it as it should 
look after I'm done - then, after completing steps 1-3 above, use the cp 
command to overwrite the current fstab with my edited version
5) Remount new /home:
"mount /dev/sda1 /home"

Am I getting this right? 
Claude Jones
Bluemont, VA, USA

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