Thanks for the answers Matt -- even though they weren't the ones i was hoping 

On Fri, 7 Mar 2003 17:02, Matthew Emmerton wrote:
> I've found growfs and looked at tunefs--- is there a utility to shrink a
> partition so that I can give the space to another one


> [EMAIL PROTECTED](/sbin)ttyp1 > df -h
> Filesystem    Size   Used  Avail Capacity  Mounted on
> /dev/ad0s1a    97M    41M    48M    46%    /
> /dev/ad0s1f    17G   1.8G    14G    11%    /usr
> /dev/ad0s1e    19M   7.9M   9.9M    44%    /var
> procfs        4.0K   4.0K     0B   100%    /proc
> This is the current disk stats ... NB this disk was setup using auto
> from the install CD (poss miscalculation??)

Auto-sizing is not perfect for everyone, especially people running large
mail servers or database servers which require lots of space in /var.

> We need to reallocate space from ad0s1f and give it to ad0s1e
> preferably with out rebuilding the machine.
> I am thinking of paxing /var to /usr/var, then unmounting /var
> and symlinking /usr/var to /var as an interim step

What is your main consumer of space in /var?

One trick I've often done is create a /usr/var2 directory, move stuff from
/var into /usr/var2 (such as /var/log and /var/mail) and then symlink the
directories from /var over to /usr/var2.

> But I would like them to remain on separate better sized slices

Then your only choice is to backup, re-splice and restore.

Matt Emmerton

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