Anyone know how to remove these block devices? I want everything in one partition.


The three block devices are logical volumes in an LVM volume group, fedora. swap is used for swap (spill-over for RAM), home is used to store all your personal data, and root is used for everything else (programs, system configuration, system logs...).

There are good reasons for these three devices to be separate:

  • swap works better as a separate block device (the alternative is a swap file, but the last time I checked that was slower);
  • keeping system and personal files separate means you can re-install a system without wiping all your data.

If you really want to merge everything into a single partition (which I do not recommend), here are the steps involved, assuming all your existing data fits in 54GB:

  1. Log out, and log in as root.
  2. Open a terminal.
  3. Create a new directory for your data:

    mkdir /home2

  4. Move all your data across:

    mv -t /home2 /home/*

  5. Unmount home:

    umount /home

  6. Disable swap:

    swapoff -a

  7. Create a swap file:

    dd if=/dev/zero of=/swap bs=1M count=8192

  8. Edit /etc/fstab to remove the line concerning home and replace /dev/fedora/swap with /swap.

  9. Rename your new /home:

    rmdir /home mv /home2 /home

  10. Enable your swap file:

    swapon -a

  11. Using a program such as gparted, remove the swap and home volumes and resize root.

  12. Log out and log back in as yourself, you're done.
  • Thanks man, I just going to keep it the way it is. I mainly wanted to get info since I was never used to separate volumes on my previous distro, Debian. – user120387 Jun 22 '15 at 5:15

The easiest way to do this using a UI that will guide you through the process is GParted, otherwise you could delete/modify partitions with fdisk in the command line.

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