Debian :: Share Home Among Distributions - Store Files All In "/home" Folder Of Extended Ubuntu Partition
May 1, 2011
Installed Ubuntu along with Debian on my Notebook and use Grub Manager to choose between them on startup. Since i like Debian now a lot (in past days it was a very hard system to handle, but there has been some progress i noticed), i have to change some things (want Debian as main system now) For Ubuntu i have: (was meant to be main system on Notebook) "/", "/home" and a "swap" partition, but since i am now going to use mainly Debian, i wanted to store my files all in the "/home"-folder of my extended Ubuntu partition (has much more space available) not in the "/home" folder of the Debian system. So i want both (Debian and Ubuntu) to use the same extended partition ("/home") which i created for Ubuntu to save their files like downloads, videos, and so on.
Is it practical to have 2 different Linux distributions which share the same home partition? I know that programs save their configuration in home directory and that can mess up, yet I would like to play with different Linux distros at the same time while always finding my files at home.
I've set up a separate Data partition, Creating a separate home partition in Ubuntu during installation Now I wish, if I'm able too, to access this partition of Data with both my 10.04 LTS edition and the new 11.04 Edition of Ubuntu.I tried once, using the methods above, to gain access to that partition, but it just denied me access to the 11.04 installation.I edited the Fstab file in mediaubuntu 11.04etcfstab, and changed back to regain access.* Mount ubuntu 11.04 first to access it*
Am I able to configure my system, that both distributions, can access the same Data partition.If so How would I go about it.I have 2 separate login names for the 2 distributions, but I want to access the same Data partition, folders, using either one. Same programs, games, and e-mail accounts.Also how would I set up Evolution, so that both operating systems use the same e-mail database, saving me from having mail in both, and no idea of where any of it is.I've read numerous posting on this, but either they don't apply, are just too technical, or only relate to 8.04 at best.
While trying to install a new copy of my distro today, I paid attention for the first time to the installer asking what the /home partition will be (presumably meaning I can put my /home partition of a partition separate from the operating system). Can I safely install /home on the partition where I keep all my non-Linux-related data? Will that be deleted or otherwise disturbed? (Space is not a problem.)
i installed fedora kde 32 bit and iam realy loving it. but i want to resize my home partition as i got a message there is no space in my home folder i downloaded a Disk utility application .... to try and resize .... but looks like i dont know what to do
is it possible for two users to share a home folder? the idea is to allow for my home directory which is also my web server document root to be shared with another user on the FTP i currently have vsftpd which is set to allow local users to access their home directories but i dont want to give my password away, but i dont mind them having access to the files and folders
I am trying to copy my hidden files in /home/myusername to another partition. I have also edited /etc/fstab to reflect the change. After reboot, when kdm appears and I try to log into kde, the latter complains that it has no write permissions to write to /home!
The commands I used, are:
To create a directory myusername in the new partition:
To copy the contents of my previous /home/myusername with the new partition mounted on /mnt:
Does anyone know what may be wrong. I am having the impression that it may be because I was root when I used cp and it messed some file permissions, but should it?
In what files/dirs in the home dir does xfce store the user config data?
Or if you like.
What files do I need to restore from backup in order to restore my xfce desktop with all the different settings I made?
Edit: All user config files is usually stored somewhere in /home/$USER/. And since all the programs, kde, xfce and gnome stores their config there, this question is about what files belong to the xfce desktop.
This is my guess of what files belong to the xfce desktop:
I've created a folder in /home called share. I am the owner. It has no group access. Others have full access. Is this setup safe? My current setup: Code: /home$ ls eve share lost+found roy I want eve and any future users to have full access to the folder 'share'. I am user 'Roy'.
I just want to know if I can share my /home partition... I mean, I have 3 partitions swap, / with Ubuntu NBR and /home and want to install another distro (in a 4 partition), double boot and share /home.
If my /home partition is encrypted by Ubuntu, can I share it with another distro?
What I want to "also" use is Ubuntu Moblin Remix or meego.
I have a dual-boot macbook with an OS X partition and an ubuntu partition. When I first installed ubuntu, I changed my home folder to my OS X home directory to synchronize all my files from both. My home directory is now /media/sda2/Users/username/. In a regular home folder, the icons for Documents, Music, Pictures, Movies, etc. are different (not just with emblems, but actually different icons). But when I changed my home folder, these subfolders' icons stayed the same as regular folder icons and I can't figure out a way to change that default setting. I know how to change the icons for each folder manually, but these changes don't appear everywhere (i.e. nautilus, places, etc). Furthermore, every time I change my icon theme, I would have to manually reassign icons for these folders. Is there a way to globally change the folder icons for these folders?
Trying to clean install 11.2 dual boot with Win xp already installed. How do I create a new home partition, don't want to preserve the existing home partition from a previous attempt. DVD installation and automatic config keeps saving the thing.
F12 / Gnome 2.28.2 I'm just trying to share the /home/Public folder with my Mandriva laptop. The "manual" on Gnome's website doesn't give much info, other than clicking the option to share the folder and deciding whether to use a password or not. There has to be more to it, otherwise it'd work.
All I'm looking to do is copy files to and from the folder on the desktop machine from the laptop..
After removing GDM, XFCE4, and the crap-load of dependencies that came with it, something must have gone wrong. I can not place items nor delete items any more. How do I fix this problem of mine? I'm using KDE at the moment.
Could not make folder /home/theif519/.local/share/Trash
Deletion of files is necessary. I have installed libtrash hoping it'd work, but it didn't, I even did chmod 755 like it suggested I do. What do I do?
I was going to freshly format my laptop with Windows 7 x86_64 and Lucid Lynx x86_x64... I have a HUGE amount of media (music, videos, pictures, documents) and I don't keep all of it on my external harddrive.
The plan is to have the basic 2 partitions for Windows 7 and Ubuntu but I would like to have a 3rd partition that is just for media that I could share between the two OSes. I guess I would create symbolic links in the Ubuntu Home folder to point to the partition with media and in Windows I could probably just add those folders to libraries (unless someone knows how to move the User folder to another parition?)
What should I format this new partition as? NTFS? It needs to support files larger than 4GB and Windows can't read/write to basically anything.
I have a dual boot machine. I have changed "My Documents" in Windows 7 to my G partition to the folder "G/Windows data" I have just bought a Buffalo networked 1TB LinkStation backup drive for our two desktops and notebook, and the backup software is useless for Linux and Windows 7 - won't install with anything later than XP! So I will want a linux program to backup the two folders in Drive G to the LinkStation every day, automatically - if that is possible. I now want to change my /Home drive to another folder in the G drive called "G/Ubuntu data"
I did a fresh install of ubuntu 9.10 yesterday while trying to get my wireless working again (a problem for another forum). I have previously put my home folder on a separate partition.Having foolishly assumed that it would pick up the home folder as such after the install. Of course it didn't. The partition is still intact but it is not being recognised as the home folder.
Many Ubuntu users seem have their /home folder on a separate partition (better security?). I have a OK dual-boot installation (Win7+Ubuntu 10.04) - should I try to move my /home folder ? If so, how ?I DO NOT want to get into any troubles with my existing setup !I have free (unallocated) disk space both outside and inside the extended partition which is used for Ubuntu (90 GB, Ubuntu is 60 GB ext4 + 7 GB swap).
I'm dual booting on a laptop with an 80gb hd. I've set up the partitions so windows xp has 20gig, ubuntu (edit: 11.4?) has 7 gigs, 3 gigs swap space, and the rest is formatted as FAT32 that I'm looking to use as shared space between the two OSes. The ubuntu live install partition tool suggested (possibly demanded?) that the fat32 be mounted as /windows or /dos, and I chose the former. Everything's running fine, both OSes see the partition, but I can't set my home folder to exist in this shared space.
I've been in system > admin > users and groups- I try setting the home folder as /windows/home/chris. (I had a home folder backed up that I have already copied to this location) The dialog recognizes that there's a folder there already, asks if I want to use those new files or copy old ones. I say use new files, and close the window. Nothing changes though- in fact if I open users and groups immediately after, it's already reverted to /home/chris . I've tried changing from a different user account as well.
I had some trouble with my installation of Ubuntu 10.4 so I decided to reinstall the OS. (I have my /home on a separate partition). [ntfs] [ntfs] [ext3/home] [ubuntu] [swap]
I re installed Ubuntu on the partition I set aside for the OS. Ubuntu installed, everything works as it should but now all the contents my Home folder is gone! I did not set any options that would of formatted the /home partition during installation I only set the partition to be used for home selecting [use this partition]. I suspect that Ubuntu set the home folder back to the way it comes out of the box I need to recover this drive, its so important that its life or death! How can I recover this partition and the files that where on this drive?
I don't know what just happened, but all my photos are gone, as are just about all the other files in my home directory. The file structures are there (all the folders and subfolders under /home/matt/pictures), but there are no files in any of them.
Scattered around the home folder, there are folders that still have stuff in them, but lots are empty. Pictures are by far the most precious thing gone.
I was playing around in a Virtualbox install of PC Linux and trying to get my home folder to display there. Did I do something bad? (I was granting read/write).
Nothing in trash. I have a backup that is fairly recent, but I'm afraid I might lose some precious stuff.
I have just finished transferring my home folder to a new partition. I did so by carefully following instructions on this link [URL] I had firefox open and was copying instructions one by one into an open terminal window.
When I tried to reboot ubuntu I first had a problem with ICEauthority which I think is now fixed and ubuntu then started as normal but when I tried to run Firefox I got a message saying that it was already open.
As I had Firefox open when I was copying files to the new partition I assume that some setting was copied saying that Firefox was open?
Is it possible to simply adjust this setting or do I have to undo the transfer and repeat the process with firefox closed.
I have not deleted my copy of the old home folder yet.
What are the steps I must take to move my existing home folder to a separate, encrypted partition? Can I create this partition without damaging my current partition? Where is a trusted location to download App Armor profiles? What else can I do to harden the security of Ubuntu?