Jerry McAllister wrote:
>> I have and existing FreeBSD 5.4 box with 2 6GB hard drives in a RAID 1
>> mirror using gmirror. Due to physical space restrictions I cannot put
>> more drives into this box and yet I need more physical drive space. I
>> have 2 blank 40GB drives to replace my 2 current 6GB drives. I broke the
>> mirror and inserted one 40GB drive into the mirror and removed the
>> remaining 6GB drive. So, now I have a 40GB drive with only 6GB's of
>> space on it and 34GB's of unused space. I have and existing mount point
>> in the 6GB of space called /data. I would like to extend the slice and
>> add the 34GB of unused space to the current /data mount point. Does
>> someone even "extend" an UFS slice? Or do I create a new slice in the
>> unused section and somehow merge the existing slice's /data with the new
>> one? Or am I missing something rudimentary? Any direction would be
> If the space was already in a slice and you just wanted to expand
> a partition in to the unused space, then you could use growfs(8), but
> I don't think that will work to expand a slice.
To be fair the growfs man page does say
" If you wish
to grow a file system beyond the boundary of the slice it resides
must re-size the slice using fdisk(8) before running growfs."
I've never tried this but since this is one of a mirrored pair and you
still have the other mirrow you're in a good position to try it ;)
There is a rather old (example is on 4.4) but i think still valid,
(that said I've never tried it and it could easily hose your system. try
at your own risk)
> Really, the easiest thing is to use dump(8) to back up the existing 6 GB.
> It will be necessary to do a dump for each file system (partition) you
> have in the slice other than swap or /tmp.
> Then build the 40 GB disk as needed. You can best do this from
> a fixit CD. You will need to make a slice with fdisk, then
> divide that slice into partitions with bsdlabel. Then for each
> partition except for swap, use newfs to build a file system in them.
> When that is done, make temporary mount points, mount the partitions
> and restore the dumps. This sounds long and drawn out telling it,
> but it is actually quite easy and works well.
> If it is your boot disk, then the fdisk should write the MBR and
> the bsdlabel needs to write the boot sector for the slice.
> There is a good example of fdisk and bsddlabel use for creating
> a brand new bootable disk with one FreeBSD slice in the bsdlabel
> man page near the bottom. Also, in the last few days I have
> posted several replies to questions that would cover this process
> and included extensive examples. The only difference is that
> they weren't for mirrored disks. But, it sounds like you got
> rid of the mirror anyway.
> The dump/rebuild/restore is the way to go
> even if you do it to a new mirror of the 40GB drives.
> Or you could write the dumps to one of the rather than tape
> and restore from that.
>> Thank You.
>> Peter Clark
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