I have somewhat a weird problem. I had installed Ubuntu 11.10 which severely crashed at some point (there was seemingly nothing I could do about it) so I reinstalled it over the previous installation and everything was alright again but one thing: the
ext3 volume that I had created for my
/home folder (which used to work on the first installation) was not recognized by the second installation and so both my
/home ended up on the same
ext4 file system. At this point, the
ext3 partition was empty (I formatted it after this). So what I wanted to do was to change my
/etc/fstab file to mount the ext3 partition on my
/home/sia. However, this doesn't work. What I did is as follows.
First, I made a copy of everything I had at
/home/sia/ to the empty ext3 partition (so that I had a copy of everything at
/media/x3data/sia after doing
mount /dev/sda7 /media/x3data). At first I forgot to move my files one level up so that stuff be at
/media/x3data/ instead. I added the following line to my
/dev/sda7 /home/sia/ ext3 defaults 1 1
and rebooted and what I got was a new home folder (as in a fresh installation) with a capacity of the
ext3 volume (which was what I was looking for), plus a folder called
sia there which contained all the files I had backed up in the beginning. However, I wanted my desktop configurations and all the customization I had made (in addition to a larger home folder of course). So I unmounted the volume and moved what I should had done at first -- move all the stuff one level up in the hierarchy.
Now, what I get is my old home folder. Interestingly, however, if I issue the command
sudo mount /dev/sda7 /home/sia what I get is the stuff I have put on the
ext3 partition at my home folder (I have made an extra directory called
1 on that volume to be able to discriminate between the two versions).
Any suggestions as how to make the
fstab file automatically do what I can do manually?