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I was running low in disk space on my Linux box, Ubuntu 10.10 Desktop, (specifically on my /home partition) so I added another disk to it and I am trying to move the home partition into it.

I am trying to follow the steps on this guide here: https://help.ubuntu.com/community/Partitioning/Home/Moving

However, when copying the files over to the new mounted partition rsync seems to fail silently. When I compare the folders, the new one is still empty.

This is the command that I am executing:

sudo rsync -axS --exclude='/*/.gvfs' /home/. /media/home/.

Has it anything to do with the encryption on my home folder?

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which part fixed your problem? the EDIT? –  Tshepang Jan 4 '11 at 1:40
    
for anyone who finds it useful, i just made use of that guide, having found the link here. i didn't need the last step, making a placeholder directory for /home, which seems designed for ubuntu users who have everything in one partition by default. since my stuff is all in different partitions, there was already a /home placeholder. i used @Josh's command below, and everything worked great. –  ixtmixilix Nov 16 '11 at 11:31

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Try adding the "verbose" flag to rsync, and see what that says:

rsync -avxS --exclude='/*/.gvfs' /home/. /media/home/.

Edit your question to include the results, and we'll be able to help you further.

Also, I'm not sure why you're going with /home/., try just /home/:

rsync -avxS --exclude='/*/.gvfs' /home/ /media/home/

EDIT: Also, please make sure you're not logged in to any user with an encrypted home directory. If all users have encrypted home directories, add a user who does not first, and use that user to copy.

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