kevin lyda wrote:
> On Mon, Mar 25, 2002 at 12:00:10PM +0000, Brian Foster wrote:
> > AFAIK, this is correct. I myself have doubts it ever will be
> > possible, as there may be some hairy issues to resolve --- but
> > I long ago stopped trying to guess what new "madness" ;-)
> > Linux kernel developers would try ....
>> *bsd systems have had this for years. it's called a union mount.
> man mount_union. in addition there's a union option to mount.
>> > some of the problems include, but may not be limited to:
> > ( we want to, in effect, merge the namespaces of "directory"
> > FULL and "directory" ROOM, nominally on different FS/volumes. )
> > 1. both dirs contain a file called A. what happens?
>> the one on top is seen.
>> > 2. where are new files which are created written (i.e., which FS)?
>> on the top directory.
>> > 3. naïvely, the st_dev --- see stat(2) --- will differ from file
> > to file as the merged directory is scanned. albeit this can
> > happen anyways (mount points), it's often(?) not handled too
> > well by programs which care.
>> not sure. i'll play later and see.
>> the example from the man page is this:
>> mount -t cd9660 -o ro /dev/cd0a /usr/src
> mount -t union /var/obj /usr/src
>> all changes in /usr/src end up in /var/obj.
I would have thought that it would go the other way (that the
first directory gets priority). I suppose it's pretty arbitrary,
The reason I wanted to do it is because there were two
partitions with stuff which is basically the same, but can't be
put in one place because neither partition is big enough to
hold both directories (partition management is something I'm not
too confident with yet - ext2resize just sounds like it invites
data loss). I shouldn't really have gotten into the situation,
but one of the partitions in question is a smallish hard-drive,
which I thought would be sufficient, and turned out not to be. I
guess I need to rethink how I use my hard-disk space.
Thanks for all the help & info,
E-Mail: bolsh at gimp.org
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