[arch-general] installation using existing filesystem

Karol Blazewicz karol.blazewicz at gmail.com
Sun Mar 16 18:48:47 EDT 2014

On Sun, Mar 16, 2014 at 11:38 PM, Kyle <kyle at gmx.ca> wrote:
> According to message:
> # No mountpoints are shown. What tool is available to determine if sda5 is
> # the /home directory of the previous (mandriva) installation? I want to
> # perform a base installation, leaving the /home directory un-touched.
> If you are using the live iso, nothing is mounted by default. Your best
> bet in that case is to mount sda5 and sda6 in turn and list the contents
> of each filesystem. Most likely, sda6 is your previous /home, so you can
> try mounting sda5 first. If you get what looks to be the top level /
> directory of a Linux filesystem, you can unmount it, overwrite the
> filesystem, remount it in /mnt to keep things as simple as possible,
> make a home directory inside of the mount point and then mount sda6 in
> /mnt/home, assuming you initially mounted sda5 in /mnt. Hope this helps.
> ~Kyle
> http://kyle.tk/
> --
> "Kyle? ... She calls her cake, Kyle?"
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lsblk lists even drives / partitions that are not mounted. If the
partitions vary in size, you can tell which one is which just by that.
$ mount | grep sdb
$ lsblk | grep sdb
sdb      8:16   0  74.5G  0 disk
└─sdb1   8:17   0  74.5G  0 part

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