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Date:      Sun, 5 Nov 2006 01:29:09 -0800
From:      "Aaron Burke" <>
To:        "Matt Smith" <>, <>
Subject:   RE: adding an extra hard disk and adding space to /usr
Message-ID:  <>
In-Reply-To: <000001c6ff95$dfcd6df0$0201a8c0@bedroom>

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> Hello all,
Hello Matt,

>     I have a machine that just had a new HD added to it as ad1 
> and I want to
> ADD this new disk onto the already existing /usr partition.  
> What's the best
> and safest way to do it?
Well, I know of two options. One which sounds really cool, is kind
of broken, and is guarteed to cause your kernel crash. So I will 
ignore the mount_union option.

I am no expert on freebsd, but in my opinion tar is a good choice.
Contrary to what others beleive, tar CAN preserve permissions, and 
file ownership. I know that in FreeBSD 4.x  (been there several
times) it can preserve filesystem permissions, and ownership of

In my opinion, the safest way is to copy /usr to /mnt is via the
1: Comment out your existing SWAP partition (ad0s1b) in /etc/fstab.
2: reboot
3: remove your existing swap partition.
4: create a new filsystem on each disk that has the same size as
   your ram (1/2 of swap) on each disk. Both (by tradition) will be
   /dev/???s?b. Spanning swap to multiple disks can improve swap
5: create a new UFS2 filesystem that contains the rest of the new
   hard drive.
6: mount the new slice as /mnt
7: use the following tar commands as root:
   (FreeBSD 4.x)  : cd /usr; tar clpf - . | (cd /mnt; tar xvf -)
   (FreeBSD 5.x+) : cd /usr; gtar clpf - . | (cd /mnt; gtar xvf -)
8: edit /etc/fstab with your favorite text editor (vi) and duplicate
   the other /usr slice entries. Then comment out the original. And
   update the entry to refer to the correct slice. Next duplicate
   the entry for the other swap partition with the data for the 
   other disk label). SWAP partitions are almost always end in 'b'
9: Due to the fact that killing off all of the applications that
   reside on /usr, its easiest to reboot. But specifically NOT a

-- Aaron

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