Final question: best wasy to move /, /usr, /home, etc?

Jeramy B. Smith jeramy at
Mon Feb 18 14:12:04 EST 2002

There is the IBM way.

On Sun, 17 Feb 2002, Kevin B.Hendricks wrote:

> Hi,
> I am finally at the point I want to give up my old external scsi hard
> drives.  Unfrotunately, my current /, /usr, /home, etc all exist on scsi
> drives.
> I recently purchased a 60 gig hard drive (ide) and have now installed it.
> What is the best way to move all of the files and directories, and special
> device files, and etc from the scsi drive to new partitions on the IDE
> drives?
> Can I simply use a recursive "cp" with -a?  Should I use "tar"?  What
> about "parted" and its partition copies?
> Or is there some way I can run an linux distribution installer from within
> linux and make it install to the ide drive instead of the scsi?
> Or is there some way to make "rpm" nicely redirect where it installs
> things?
> In fact, with som much space, I would love to have Debian, SuSE, and
> YellowDog distribution sets so I can run and test against
> those distributions easily (shared build drives) with different
> distribution installations.
> This is my last step to get a working system so any hints on the best way
> to move so much data (and special device files) from one partition to
> another preserving the owner,group,word, permissions, file ownership,
> setuid root bits, etc. would be greatly appreciated.
> Thanks,
> Kevin

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