Resizing a reiserfs partition...
on this system i have a 160 gb /dev/hda ... it is /dev/hda1 1gb linux-swap .... /dev/hda2 EVERYTHING ELSE reiserfs. I really want to resize the reiserfs partition and make a few smaller partitions for dual / triple / quadruple booting etc. ... without having to lose all the data on the drive (yes i understand that resizing does expose me to this risk anyway)... (i was so damn eager to get into this distro i just let it do its thing... it picked reiserfs and nuked the drive and took it all for itself)
google has not helped me. (but diid lead me to several REALLY old forum posts from several other sites asking similar questions on or about "October 8th 1974" (i.e. really old posts)
i have run qtparted off the knoppix livecd but for some reason it will not allow me to resize (oh and for some reason it says /dev/hda is busy even though its not even mounted, which is the point of a ramdisk i thought).
i started the process in parted... but text based partitioning scares the bejesus out of me (is it bytes / cylinders / did i forget a 0 / wait was that in mb? oh crap!) and it did seem as tho it was going to let me do it... although i typed resize 2 and it started the process of asking me how much where and when and i chickened out and ran away like a coward.
so ... does anyone know how i can do this?
p.s. i did try resize_resierfs -s -20G it ran for about 10 minutes... told me it was successful then amazingly.... nothing happened. EVERYTHING (i run like 4 or 5 terminal sessions at a time to see where i've been and what im doing cause im still new) EVERYTHING was exactly the same (cylinder sizes and start/end points).
insight gladly welcomed
p.p.s please don't just respond with 'reformat and start over' i know i can do that... however if someone knows of a great backup util to go back to this distro and these settings after i reformat and resize i would welcome that too :)
wow i type a lot for no reason.