My original post:
> I've accidently installed some machines with the default swap size (32M).
> Is there any way to expand that without completely re-installing the OS?
> What I've tried:
> I used format to expand the swap partition and then rebooted so that fsck
> would be run on the disk. This seemed to work fine. Is there anything
> that I should be worried about?
(I keep forgetting to tell you all that I'm installing Solaris 2.5.)
It turned out that I must have missed some error message somewhere. When
I checked what format saw in the permission table, it saw my old
To *really* modify the partition table, I had to boot from the
installation CD and run format from there. After I did that (Shrinking
the root fs to make room for the larger swap space), my machine wouldn't
boot properly. That surprised me because I assumed that it would use the
space at the beginning of the partition first -- that the back-end of the
partition would be free.
Anyway, unless there is a shrinkfs utility somewhere (to shrink my root
partition), then I'm outa luck.
(The reason I didn't want to use swap: I manage 30+ systems here. It
makes thing much simpler if they are all set up in a similar manner.
Having 2-3 systems with a strange vfstab file would really confuse
Here are some things that people suggested:
1. Create a file and use "swap -a" or "swapon -a" to make it a
second swap space.
# cd /home/swap2 <- cd to a bigger filesystem
# /usr/etc/mkfile 50M swapfile <- makes a 50 Mbyte file or more
# emacs /etc/fstab
/home/swap2/swapfile swap swap rw 0 0 <- add this line to fstab
# swapon -a
2. Back up my other partitions, change the partition sizes, and
then restore the other partitions. (Might have to re-write the
Thanks to the following who offered their help quickly.
From: firstname.lastname@example.org (Peter Schauss x 2014)
From: Matthew Stier - BSG Corporation <email@example.com>
From: firstname.lastname@example.org (Ron Loftin)
From: email@example.com (Marc S. Gibian)
From: Manish Doshi <firstname.lastname@example.org>
From: email@example.com (Aline H. Runde - MicroModule Systems)
From: Ric Anderson <firstname.lastname@example.org>
From: Ugur Ayfer <email@example.com>
From: AO <firstname.lastname@example.org>
From: email@example.com (Syed Zaeem Hosain)
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