Thanks to Stheg Olloydson, Adam Smith, and David Kelly for your thoughts and recommendations.
First, to answer your questions. It was my error on the RAM; yes, I meant to say 1024MB, not 1024GB (blush). And, I'm (now) using FreeBSD 4.10 because it looks like it was the right one to choose to use as a learning vehicle. David Kelly hit on my real issue. He said "A 120G HD is in the $70 to $90 range these days so when the time comes to reconfigure just put another in with the new layout and shoot your data over." I hadn't looked at it that way. Today I sent an order to Newegg for a second Seagate 120GB drive ($101.05 including tax & shipping). I will install the new drive and do exactly what David suggests, build the new layout and "shoot it over". Based on your collective guidance the new system will have a bit better thought out file structure. Once I can see that it is doable to make these kind of changes with a second HD, then I won't be as apprehensive about making file structure changes in the future, and it will also meet my backup requirements. I'm leaning now toward using the default file structure, with somewhat larger partitions. I appreciate the caution about the reason for separate partitions that could fill, under a trouble condition, without killing everything else. A powerful reason to make individual partitions. But first I need to get my new HD and make it work with what I have working now. David, unknowing, you were a salesman for newegg! Now to learn more about grofs(8); I wasn't aware of that capability at all. I was one of the first users of CP/M and begrudgingly went to DOS; I was a "power user" of DOS for years. I had a small amount of experience with unix as a user on the Bell Labs system, (before I retired from the Bell System in 1985) so, based on these three operating systems, command line stuff is not new to me. What is new to me are all the powerful commands like grofs. It's fun learning a new language, and encouraging to be accepted into this support group. Thanks, folks, this is what the internet is all about; helping each other. Jay O'Brien, W6GO Rio Linda, CA USA http://obri.net _______________________________________________ [EMAIL PROTECTED] mailing list http://lists.freebsd.org/mailman/listinfo/freebsd-questions To unsubscribe, send any mail to "[EMAIL PROTECTED]"