When installing Arch I did (or I though at least) a /, swap and a /boot partition.

I just found out that I have a /, swap and /home partition. Which isn't what I had in mind, I just have like 400mb for the /boot partition, but since is a /home partition it's like I won't have any space.

Can I change that?

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Sure—partitions are mounted wherever you specify in /etc/fstab. It appears you don't actually need a /boot partition (since your machine is booting without one); you could just leave it unused:

  1. Log out, log in as root on the console. This is so your home directory is not in use.
  2. Just to make sure nothing is using it, umount /home. If that fails, use things like fuser -vm /home and lsof /home to find out what's still open, close/kill them, and try again. Once it finally unmounts, then go ahead and mount /home again.
  3. mv/cp -a everything out of /home (on the 400mb partition) to somewhere else. Take note of the permissions of /home itself.
  4. umount /home
  5. Fix the permissions on /home. Then move everything from its temporary location to /home (on rootfs).
  6. Edit /etc/fstab to no longer mount that filesystem on /home. You could, for example, just comment out the line.

You could do similar thing for the stuff currently in /boot and moving it to the 400mb filesystem—but you'll also need to update your bootloader config, maybe reinstall it, etc. Much more likely to cause your system not to boot. If you're using lvm, I'd just lvremove the 400MB LV. Otherwise... if it's 400MB out of several TB, I'd ignore it. Or repurpose it for something else. It may have a label on it saying 'home' or similar; you can check (and change it) with e2label /dev/whatever.

  • I see, but before trying that out... My /home partition is bootable. I just happened to make a /home partition instead of /boot, don't even know how. My current partition schema is: /, swap and /home, but before finding that out I thought I have: /, swap and /boot. Should I follow the same instructions then? Commented Oct 5, 2015 at 20:29
  • @ericgramirez You mean it's set bootable in the partition table? I presume you somehow set it up as /home in the Arch installer (not personally familiar with Arch, so I'm not sure exactly how the installer asks for filesystems). As long as it only has /home contents on it, it should be safe to move that back on to the rootfs. Destroying the fs (e.g., with lvremove) I guess has a small chance of making you need a recovery disk to get your system to boot again.
    – derobert
    Commented Oct 5, 2015 at 20:36
  • @ericgramirez also, depending on how Arch does it, you may need to regenerate the initramfs.
    – derobert
    Commented Oct 5, 2015 at 20:37
  • I see. I must admit I'm just starting out on Linux and that I didn't quite understad the lastest comments. Would you please explain it with more details or refer me to some guide (so we can be on the same page)? Commented Oct 5, 2015 at 20:43
  • @ericgramirez Ok... I upvoted your question, now you have enough rep to use Unix & Linux Chat. Ping me in the site's chat room and I'll try to explain.
    – derobert
    Commented Oct 5, 2015 at 20:45

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