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[opensuse] Tiny /boot Partition
  • From: Lucky Leavell <susemisc@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Sat, 18 Sep 2010 19:41:20 -0400 (EDT)
  • Message-id: <alpine.LNX.2.00.1009181925240.4097@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
OSE 11.3 (Fresh Install)

When I first installed this about six weeks back, I wanted to create a boot partition sufficiently large but could not make the installer budge beyond the tiny default of 68MB. Frustrated, I went ahead and now it has returned to bite me. I not only cannot have multiple kernel versions but there is not even enought space to upgrade the kernel.

Proposed solution: I added a second virtual disk (this is running under ESXi 4.1) and will copy the old boot partition contents to the new one, update the /boot/grub/menu.lst, modify the fstab and remove the active partition marker from the old /dev/sda1 boot partition and make the new /dev/sdb1 active.

Will this work? Another alternative I can also do is to create another OSE guest and copy the non OS partitions over. Obviously, I prefer the first option unless I overlooked something.

Here is what /dev/sda looks like:

Filesystem Size Used Avail Use% Mounted on
/dev/mapper/system-root
20G 4.6G 15G 25% /
devtmpfs 1003M 168K 1003M 1% /dev
tmpfs 1005M 4.0K 1005M 1% /dev/shm
/dev/sda1 68M 54M 12M 83% /boot
/dev/mapper/system-home
79G 21G 55G 28% /home
/dev/mapper/system-local
130G 67G 57G 54% /local
/dev/mapper/system-tmp
9.9G 151M 9.2G 2% /tmp
/dev/mapper/system-var
9.9G 521M 8.9G 6% /var

ux-ose:~ # fdisk -l /dev/sda

Disk /dev/sda: 274.9 GB, 274877906944 bytes
255 heads, 63 sectors/track, 33418 cylinders
Units = cylinders of 16065 * 512 = 8225280 bytes
Sector size (logical/physical): 512 bytes / 512 bytes
I/O size (minimum/optimal): 512 bytes / 512 bytes
Disk identifier: 0x000bd81d

Device Boot Start End Blocks Id System
/dev/sda1 * 1 10 71680 83 Linux
Partition 1 does not end on cylinder boundary.
/dev/sda2 10 33419 268362752 8e Linux LVM
ux-ose:~ # fdisk -l /dev/sdb

Disk /dev/sdb: 536 MB, 536870912 bytes
64 heads, 32 sectors/track, 512 cylinders
Units = cylinders of 2048 * 512 = 1048576 bytes
Sector size (logical/physical): 512 bytes / 512 bytes
I/O size (minimum/optimal): 512 bytes / 512 bytes
Disk identifier: 0xa7dcbfcc

Device Boot Start End Blocks Id System
/dev/sdb1 1 512 524272 83 Linux



Thank you,
Lucky Leavell
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