[Techtalk] mountpoints

Maria McKinley maria at shadlen.org
Fri Aug 3 23:11:44 UTC 2007

Cynthia Kiser wrote:
> 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.

/lab/lab_mac is mounted onto macs regularly via afp, but the rest of lab 
is only exported via nfs, so I thought it might be better to have them 
separate. But maybe your right, and it doesn't really make a difference.


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