General :: Possible To Put Home Directory On NTFS Volume?

May 25, 2011

I'm setting up a dual-boot system, and want users to be able to access their stuff regardless of what OS is currently loaded. Ideally, I'd like to set it up so that the same Firefox profile is used in both Windows 7 and Linux, as well as the same "home" directories, but I don't think that is possible. At best, I plan to use shortcuts and symbolic links to make it easy to navigate. In any case, is there any major problem with setting up both Windows and Linux to use the same partition for storing user's directories? The primary shared things will be Open Office/Microsoft Office documents and Firefox setups.

I haven't decided if I'm putting Ubuntu or Fedora on this system. I'm more familiar with Fedora, but need to increase my familiarity with Ubuntu. I'm going to go with whatever will give me the least hassles with the setup I just described. On the other hand, I'm unsure if I even need to make a dual boot. I have VMWare, and I'm not sure what advantages there are to making a dual boot over VMware in my case. The only advantage I can see is:

1. Having Linux as a boot option kinda forces me to actually use it once I choose Linux. Thus, I become more familiar with it, and need to reboot the computer in order to use Widows.
2. Linux gives me an emergency boot option is the Windows section gets corrupted beyond what chkdsk and the other emergency recovery options can fix. Counterbalanced by the ability to boot the old Vista OS that came with the computer.
3. The full resources of the computer are available to Linux. Not so much an issue today, but maybe in a few years. This is counterbalanced by the fact that all my games are in Windows, and I can't think of anything else I'd do with Linux that would put such demands on the system. Yeah, I might use it as a server, but that is more to LEARN how to set up and configure servers. I believe it is against Comcast Cable's TOS to run an permanent server with the necessary dynamic DNS registration.

I have no need for a permanent DNS server. If I need name resolution, I'd just put it in my hosts file. I already use that to block ads, so sharing it with all my systems is no problem. I don't have that many. So, the only reason I can really think of is to force myself to use Linux by booting Linux, rather than take the lazy way with Windows.

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General :: Testing Home Directory Scripts By Setting $HOME To The Location Of The Test Directory

Apr 20, 2010

I have an interdependent collection of scripts in my ~/bin directory as well as a developed ~/.vim directory and some other libraries and such in other subdirectories. I've been versioning all of this using git, and have realized that it would be potentially very easy and useful to do development and testing of new and existing scripts, vim plugins, etc. using a cloned repo, and then pull the working code into my actual home directory with a merge.

The easiest way to do this would seem to be to just change & export $HOME, eg

cd ~/testing; git clone ~ home
export HOME=~/testing/home
cd ~
screen -S testing-home
# start vim, write/revise plugins, edit scripts, etc.
# test revisions

However since I've never tried this before I'm concerned that some programs, environment variables, etc., may end up using my actual home directory instead of the exported one. Is this a viable strategy? Are there just a few outliers that I should be careful about?

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Jul 16, 2010

Reproducible with Firefox 3.6.6 (installed from Ubuntu 10.04 repository), on Dell D620, Ubuntu 10.04 Steps to reproduce:

1) start Firefox from command line "firefox -P"

2) create new Firefox profile on NTFS volume (mounted with NTFS-3g)

3) add NoScript extension (through extension manager Get Add-ons), restart Firefox as suggested

4) extension is not added to Firefox In case at step 2) profile is created on Linux volume, at 4) extension is added to firefox.I'm not 100% sure, but I think this bug is related to Firefox 3.6 update (no problems with Firefox 3.5). I did not make proper investigation, but I have feeling same problem applies to Thunderbird 3.1.This issue does not allow to share Firefox/Thunderbird profile on dual boot machine (Ubuntu/WindowsXP).

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General :: 'Could Not Chdir To Home Directory /home/[user]: Permission Denied'

Jan 6, 2010

I have a secondary disk which holds a /home directory structure from a previous install of Linux. I installed a new version on a new primary drive and mounted this secondary drive as the new /home. Problem is, even though the users are the same names and I can access the home directories for the users, I cannot login directly to their home directories, as I get the following error: -


login as: [me]
[me]@[machine]'s password:
Last login: Wed Jan 6 18:34:33 2010 from [machine]
Could not chdir to home directory /home/[me]: Permission denied
[[me]@[machine] /]$

Now, since the usernames are correct and the users are in the passwd file with the correct home directory paths, could it be user ID's that are different or something else? It's not as though I cannot access the home directories for the users, simply that I cannot log directly into them from a login prompt.

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Jun 19, 2010

Is there anything special about a home directory before users' home directories are stored there, or is just as typical as any other "empty" folder?Let me just cut to the chase, but please no ear ringing about the folly of messing around as root, particularly with directories at root level. I know it's considered stupidity, but I deleted my home directory.

Is there an easy way to restore a working home directory? I tried copying /etc/skel under root, but I'm not sure what a home directory should look like once it has been restored. Besides . & .., there were .screenrc & .xsession in my home directory when I copied /etc/skel. Are these files suppose to be in "/home" or "/home/~" or both?

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Aug 10, 2011

Im trying to recover some data from my friends laptop, since it wont boot from the harddisk anymore. From the knoppix cd i can find harddrive but when i try to access it im asked for a password. However dont know the password I have tried the password from his windows login but that doesnt work. Is there another way to access the drive so i dont have to use a password? If possible i would like to avoid removing the harddrive from the laptop. The installed OS is win7.

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Sep 5, 2010

There was a Toshiba Satellite notebook with XP I decided to install Fedora 13 in dual boot mode.So, I booted with Gparted and shrunk the ndows XP partition to just 24 GB.Then I set up partitions for Linux this way/boot, ext4 256 MB/, ext4 16 GB/home, ntfs 176 GBswap, 8 GBI intentionally left about 8 GB left just in caseThen I proceeded to install Fedora 13.I used the customized mode to use the already set up partitions and keep Windows XP.At the moment of setting the mounting points, fine with /boot, / and swap. But Anaconda wouldn't accept mounting point for /home.I went on anyway.Fedora got set up and run moothly.However, /home resided in / with only 10 GB left.And the /home partition could be seen as a separate disk with its 176 GB.This is /etc/fstab:

# /etc/fstab
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Apr 13, 2010

I'm using Mac OS X's shell to compile and run Fortran programs. One such program resides outside of my home directory (it is in the Applications folder, which resides on my hard drive but seems to be outside of my home folder). How can I navigate into this directory using to run the programs that reside there?

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Sep 26, 2010

I have formatted a second internal drive as ext3. It worked fine until I copied (rsynch) my /home to the new drive. Now when I try to delete anything I'm forced to delete immediately or skip the deletion. I also tried moving the /usr/local directory to the second drive and it works fine, it doesn't break the Trash. I tried moving /home back to the root drive and the problem is gone. The second drive again works properly. I can reproduce this. The problem only occurs when I move the /home directory to the new drive.

# / was on /dev/sda1 during installation
/ ext4 errors=remount-ro 0 1

# swap was on /dev/sda5 during installation
none swap sw 0 0

# My shared volume /dev/sdb1 (show it on desktop)
/media/data ext3 defaults, users, exec0 0

# Moving /usr/local
/usr/local bind defaults, bind, users, exec 0 0

# Moving /home
/home bind defaults, bind, users, exec 0 0

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May 10, 2010

I've been trying to figure out how to move /home to the other partition that exists on my computer, however it's ntfs and turns out it's impossible to move my /home there. So how do convert that ntfs partition to ext3, I don't mind loosing data that's in that partition. [url] is the partition I'm talking about. So what's the best way to do it ? If you write what commands I should use please include partition names.

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May 17, 2010

Ubuntu 64 bit is installed on the hard disk with two partitions: one for Ubuntu, another is NTFS partition called Shared. Before upgrading to 10.04 Shared volume was available. To mount it, it was necessary to enter the password.After upgrading to 10.04, I see two volumes: Shared and Shared_. Places menu contains Shared item. When I click it, it opens without password, and shows /media/Shared_, with correct contents. Original Shared volume appears in the media directory:


root@alex-64:/media# ls -l
total 12
lrwxrwxrwx 1 root root 6 2010-04-21 19:49 cdrom -> cdrom0
drwxr-xr-x 2 root root 4096 2010-04-21 19:49 cdrom0
drwx------ 2 root root 4096 2010-05-09 08:25 Shared
drwx------ 1 alex alex 4096 2010-05-17 08:56 Shared_

Shared volume is empty. Can this be fixed? It is OK to work with Shared_ volume?

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General :: How To Let Others Access Home Directory

Jan 20, 2010

I grant read privilege to all the users to my .vimrc file . But my colleague still can't read my .vimrc file . I guess in addiction to give the read privilege to the .vimrc file, in some way I should give the person who want to read it the "access right" to my home directory first---which I don't know how to do it.

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Oct 20, 2009

I am confused that what should be the permssions of home directory because currenlty my users when they log into their home directory , they can see all the contents of /home directory as well..However if i take read all permissions then my sites are not accessible , what should i do The current permissions are 755

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Sep 10, 2010

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Sep 26, 2010

This might see a dump question but I will make it anyway .Here is the scenario:I have two users on my Linux Mint installation:

User A
User B

I want User A to be able to write on User B home directory, say /home/B.For this I have changed users's B home directory to look like this:ls -ld drwxrwxr-x 36 B music 4096 2010-09-26 10:31 /home/BI have created a "music" group and assigned to /home/B, so all users that are member of "music" are going to be able to write on User B home directory, right?The answer is No! Not here in my box Can you tell me why?Why users under group music can't write on /home/B if B directory is owned by group music and group music has write permissions?

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Aug 10, 2010

I have tried googling many times for answers, but haven't yet found a solution to my problem (maybe its my selection of search terms).I screwed up my debian system by trying to setup an ftp server with vsftpd very quickly withouteading much documentation (very stupid) as root. I must have screwed up the something to do with the home directory for my user because now cannot even log in with my usual username and password when the computer starts up. All the computer says when I try to log in is:

Unable to cd to 'homemyusername'I can log in as root with Debian single user mode, so I am hoping I can reset my home directory so it works again. Also, I cannot seem to ever get the gnome login screen just a terminal login screen.

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Oct 28, 2009

I installed the beta of Ubuntu 9.10 Karmic, and I am now stuck with a barely usable system, so I am going to remove it. I've already backed up the home directory, and what I was wondering is this:If I were to install a completely different distro, like, say, OpenSUSE, would I be able to copy back my home directory without problems and have things still work, or would I have to reinstall Karmic? I had always believed that Linux distros were more or less the same except for cosmetic differences, but this seems like it'd be a different case somehow..

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Apr 25, 2010

I have to zip de home directory to a location but i can't seem to get it done.

I have succeeded to zip a folder within the home folder (Music folder) but when i try to zip the entire home folder i get an error. I have tried different ways but no success so far.

This is what i tried so far:

1) tar cf backup_homedir.tgz ../

2) tar cf backup_homedir.tgz /home/indur

Error message: ( i hope i translate it well because my language isn't english, so the message isn't as well) tar: backup_homedir.tgz: Function open () failed: access denied tar: unrecoverable error -- tar is closing

Extra info

I am in GUI mode and i'm not logged in as root

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Feb 28, 2011

I was just exploring if i could create a normal user without a home directory. So i edited the file /etc/defaults/useradd and it now shows


Why is this so? why isnt the change in useradd reflected here?

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Jul 21, 2009

I have a strange problem when I do SSH to a FEDORA9 based Linux Server.


When I login using "adah" username in TELNET I am automatically directed to my home directory at location "/media/disk-1/home/adah". But when I use SSH to login using the same username I get the following message Code: Could not chdir to home directory /home/adahaj: Permission denied

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Sep 22, 2010

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?

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I'm assuming it's something I could probably set in pam configurations?

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Aug 6, 2010

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Oct 4, 2010

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Feb 10, 2010

I have a second large storage hdd mounted in Ubuntu in /media/storage. I would like my home directories for me and all future users of the system to be located on this storage drive as well.

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The only reason I ask, is because I know that a users home directory has a lot of special configuration information stored in it, so I didn't know if this would screw up anything on the system.

Are there any better alternative methods to relocating the home directory?

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Mar 11, 2010

When using gt5 in various directories on my system (including my home directory) I get blank results.

If I limit the max-depth enough, I get results. For example, in my home directory 'gt5 --max-depth 2' produces a listing, while 'gt5 --max-depth 3' produces a blank page.

I've noticed that the temporary html file that gets created in tmp (such as '/tmp/gt5.9035.kJVM08Y9/gt5.html' is a zero-byte file.

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Sep 14, 2010

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I have a server running Ubuntu server edition with SMB server all set up and running. I've set up the main root of the drive to be shared and I've set up a user in /etc/samba/smbusers to say root = "joeflood" so I can sign in as root using the username "joeflood". This works and I have read/write access to the filesystem (yay!). However, if I browse to /home/javawag (my main user home directory), I no longer have write permissions! I can see all the files in there and read them no problem, but writing is a no-go. I'm logged in as root though?! Btw, I can login via SSH and create folders/etc as root in the /home/javawag folder, and they showed up in the SMB mount on my mac too.

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