[CentOS] Copying my new Centos 5 to my main drive

Robert Moskowitz rgm at htt-consult.com
Mon Jun 18 20:45:02 UTC 2007

Well it is now time to take the final upgrade steps.

I have spent a bit of time looking here in the archives and googling 
along on migration, cloning, and copying and don't think I found any 
approach that includes first setting partitions as you like....

I am working with a different partition setup for Centos 5 than 4 (I've 
learned a few things in the past year).

So I plan is:

Do minimum install of Centos 5 to my main drive, using my new 
partitioning scheme:

A /boot ext3 partition.
A swap partition.
A LVM partition with:
a / ext3 sub-partition.
a /home ext3 sub-partition.

while booted from this minimum install, use cp to copy the following 
directories from the test drive to something like /home/working:

boot, bin,  lib, misc, opt, sbin, sys, usr, etc, var, root, tmp

In otherwords skip:

lost+found, mnt, proc, selinux, home, media, net, tftpboot, srv

The reason for including boot is to get the newer kernels.  This opens 
the question of is there anything in places like proc and dev that I 
need to get becuase they were updated since the 5.0 ISO images?

Once copied, boot from the test drive, mount the old drive, copy from 
/home/working to the 'real' directories.

Switch drives again, and I should be operational....

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