Moving Directory help

Paul Howarth paul at
Fri Sep 22 11:04:41 UTC 2006

Dan Track wrote:
> I've got /var in the root filesystem. What I would like to do is move
> it to a new separate partition. I've created the partition but when I
> mount /var onto it /var is empty. If I umount it I can see all the
> directories again e.g /var/log. Can someone please tell me why this is
> happening and find a way round this?

This is happening because you are mounting a new, empty partition on 
/var, which hides everything underneath it. You will need to move all of 
the existing /var to the new partition, and that's something you 
probably want to do in single-user mode.


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