On 27 Jan 2004, Brendan Halpin wrote:
> Say I want to move /usr/local to a new partition: what's the least
> error-prone way of doing the copy?
>> cp to the new location, delete old, edit fstab, mount new partition?
> tar /usr/local, delete old, edit fstab, mount new partition, untar?
I suspect a tar might be the best option. I'm not sure, but cp might have
problems with hidden files ( 'dot-files'), and user permissions.
afaik tar preserves these (open to correction here!)
Best thing to do is to tar up the old tree, untar on the new partition,
then unmount the old one. Make sure everything works, *then* delete the
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