What does the following /dev related syntax do?

mv directory /dev/partition/subdirectory

Does this just make a new 'subdirectory' in the 'partition' device or what? I guess I've never seen a subdirectory in a disk partition. Is there any special behavior or is this just a normal subdirectory?

This code is from this 6 year old post which I hope to implement related to dual boot MySQL sharing the same data dictionary.

For reference, here is the complete post with instructions, which itself is from an earlier post referenced at the bottom of it:

Yes, it works but with some quirks. MySQL uses the same fileformats across platforms so all you need is to share the data directory. One problem is that the data directory need to have mysql as owner and group in ubuntu. And Windows is case-insensitive and Linux is case-sensitive so keep all names uniform: either the whole name lowercase or uppercase but do not mix them.

From start to finish; if you already have things set up this might need some tweaking to fit your setup:

Install and setup MySQL on both systems.

Stop the mysql server if it is running.

Make a new NTFS partition. Mark the device name (let's call it sdXN for now).

Move the mysql data directory from Ubuntu to the new partition.

sudo mv /var/lib/mysql /dev/{sdXN}/mysql_data

Make a new mysql directory

sudo mkdir /var/lib/mysql

Mount the NTFS partition at /var/lib/mysql. Change the devicename to what it got when you created the NTFS partition.

sudo mount /dev/{sdXN} /var/lib/mysql -t ntfs-3g -o uid=mysql,gid=mysql,umask=0077

To automount on boot find the partition UUID and locale and edit /etc/fstab.

ls -l /dev/disk/by-uuid
locale -a
sudo gedit /etc/fstab   
UUID={number_found_with_the_ls-l} /var/lib/mysql ntfs-3g uid=mysql,gid=mysql,umask=0077,locale={your_locale}.utf8  0  0

Change the 'datadir' path in /etc/mysql/my.cnf to point to /var/lib/mysql/mysql_data

Start the mysql server and test it.

Edit the Windows config file (my.ini) and set 'datadir' to X:/mysql_data (replace X: for where you mount it under Windows).

Compiled from topic 1442148 on UF.org.


Those instructions are wrong, and you'll get an error


% ls -l /dev/vda1
brw-rw---- 1 root disk 253, 1 Sep 16 17:45 /dev/vda1
% mkdir X
% sudo mv X /dev/vda1/X
mv: failed to access '/dev/vda1/X': Not a directory

You just can't do what that says.

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