[CentOS] Urgent help on replacing /var

Fri Aug 3 15:46:27 UTC 2012
John R Pierce <pierce at hogranch.com>

On 08/03/12 3:24 AM, Emmanuel Noobadmin wrote:
> In a moment of epic stupidity, having ran out of space on the root
> partition of a server due to /var chewing up the space, I added a
> separate drive for the purpose of mounting it as /var
> To do so, I mounted the new drive as /var2, cp -R (in hindsight should
> had rsync to preserve attributes), deleted the original /var to free
> up space, edited fstab and rebooted... unsurprisingly to a fubar'd
> server.
> The thing is it still boots, I can get into single user mode but a
> full init get stuck at starting the syslogger. What is the best way to
> rescue the server now from my own stupidity and keeping all the
> existing configuration and data?

if you had any database servers like postgresql or mysql, and their data 
files were in the default locations under /var, your databases are 
undoubtably corrupted, unless you stopped the DB server(s) before doing 
this copy.

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