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Re: Moving /gnu/store safely?

From: Julien Lepiller
Subject: Re: Moving /gnu/store safely?
Date: Wed, 03 Mar 2021 08:49:55 -0500
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I suppose the doubling of size is due to deduplication not working well with 
rsync: we use hard links for identical files, but I suppose rsync doesn't 
recreate the hard links?

Maybe try guix gc --optimize?

Le 3 mars 2021 08:44:56 GMT-05:00, Phil <> a écrit :
>Hi all,
>My growing /gnu/store needed to be moved to another location.  I
>find any specific instructions on doing this but think I've managed to
>cobble together a way of doing this safely without breaking store
>There were some gremlins tho - on restarting Guix the /gnu/store was
>seen to grow to approximately double it's size.
>I seem to have tamed this with the garbage collection, but would be
>in people's thoughts if this is a reasonable way to do this, or if you
>have any hints or gotchas I may have missed?
>Stop all Guix services and mounts
>    systemctl stop guix-daemon.service
>    systemctl stop gnu-store.mount
>    systemctl status guix-daemon.service
>    systemctl status gnu-store.mount
>Assuming that you have a /some_other_disk mount with more room:
>    mkdir /some_other_disk/gnu
>    rsync -va /gnu/store /some_other_disk/gnu/
>Move the old store create the correct directory for the new
>    cd /gnu/store
>    mv store store.old
>    mkdir store
>    chmod 01775 store
>    chown root:guixbuild store
>Change the Guix configuration file -
>/etc/systemd/system/gnu-store.mount - under [Mount]:
>    What=/some_other_disk/gnu/store
>Reload configuration and restart the daemon
>    systemctl daemon-reload
>    systemctl start guix-daemon.service
>    systemctl status guix-daemon.service
>    systemctl status gnu-store.mount
>When you're sure everything looks good
>rm -rf /gnu/store.old
>Like I said this worked and guix pull/install/etc worked fine
>- previous installs were recognized etc.
>When I ran:
>guix gc --verify
>It returned success (0 ret code)
>I noted however that the new /gnu/store was approx double in size - it
>looked like it had created new links to represent store items.
>I then ran:
>guix gc --collect-garbage
>This seemed to remove about half the size of the new store - suggesting
>to me that stale links were now removed.
>Is my method sane?
>Is there a better way of doing such a move to avoid the doubling of

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