[Techtalk] mountpoints

Cynthia Kiser cnk at ugcs.caltech.edu
Fri Aug 3 22:41:22 UTC 2007

Quoting Maria McKinley <maria at shadlen.org>:
> I have a question about mountpoints and partitions. I have a disk that 
> is currently one partition and is mounted as /lab. I am moving this data 
> to a new disk, and I was thinking about dividing it into two partitions, 
> but one would be essentially mounting onto the other,
> /dev/hdb1	/lab
> /dev/hdb2	/lab/lab_mac
> Is this a bad idea? Is there a better way to do this, so that I preserve 
> the current directory structure, but make two partitions on the new 
> drive, or am I better off just leaving it one partition?

What are you trying to achieve by having separate partitions? Old
school was 'separate partitions for different functions'; new school
of thought is moving more to 'a couple of sand boxes (like /boot) and
then everything else in one'. Unless you need different file systems
or mount options for lab_mac, I don't see the gain.

Cynthia N. Kiser

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