Filesystems - The Nuke Option?
I want to move a working distro contents to a new partition, leaving behind the ReiserFS, and moving onto a fresh ext3 system. Can that be done reasonably simply without re-installing the distro?
If I were to format a partition, and then copy the whole distro into it .. e.g.
Then afterward, get at the /boot/grub/menu.lst belonging to the default boot-up distro, and alter the partition number in the menu script to point to the new place the distro files have been put.
~# mkfs.ext3 /dev/sda12
~# cp -v --preserve=all /dev/sda5 /dev/sda12
Yes - I know. Words like "naive" and "simplistic" I can already feel coming, but I have to start somewhere. I already fear questions like "what happens with symbolic links"? Oops - there's that /etc/fstab that needs to know the new filesystem type!
Reiser has done quite fine for a long time, but I am now persuaded another filesystem is the wiser choice. Is there a preferred way to do this?