ArchLinux - Temporarily resize /tmp partition

Context

tmpfs is a temporary file system that resides in memory and/or swap partition(s).

tmpfs is commonly used for /tmp. By default, a tmpfs has its maximum size set to half the total of RAM. Note that the actual memory/swap consumption depends on how much you fill it up, as tmpfs partitions do not consume any memory until it is actually needed.

Problem example: You want to build an Android development lab in a VM. You set VM RAM to 2GB. So by default, /tmp size will be 1GB. You begin to install Android Studio but an error occured, telling you that there is not enough space on the disk. That's because /tmp is too small to contain all temporary downloads of Android Studio during the install process.

Fix

For a problem like the prvious example, we don't want to do a permanent change as that's just a punctual need. So to fix the problem we'll temporarily increase the size of /tmp. It is posible because in our example the VM has 2GB RAM + 4GB SWAP, so we can increase a tmpfs partition up to 6GB.

Before the resizing:

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$ df /tmp
Filesystem 1K-blocks Used Available Use% Mounted on
tmpfs 1048576 84 1048492 1% /tmp

Temporary resize:

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mount -o remount,size=4G,noatime /tmp

After the resizing:

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$ df /tmp
Filesystem 1K-blocks Used Available Use% Mounted on
tmpfs 4194304 80 4194224 1% /tmp

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