OpenSUSE Install :: Create A New Home Partition, Don't Want To Preserve The Existing Home Partition?
Jan 14, 2010
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.
Been digging around and not finding anything that quite works.
Background: I had an existing 10.10 install and 10.04 on another partition. When I installed the 10.04 I told it to use the existing /home partition which is also being used by the 10.10 install. All good, both users have directories with all their data in the same /home partition.
Issue: So, as the 10.04 was 32bit (experimenting but another story) I decided I would replace with 10.04 64bit. All went well except when I did the manual partitioning I screwed up and instead of setting the existing /home partition to 'use but don't format' - which I think is what I must have done last time - I left it as 'don't use and don't format'. So, obviously, now the new 10.04 install has its /home inside /, which I don't want. I want it on the existing /home partition as it was with the previous 10.04 install.
Question(s): Is there any simple(ish) way of doing this without a reinstall? Not a major problem as I have only just installed and can do it again without losing anything but time, but I would like to figure out a way to do it without if possible.I want to essentially move the /home/user directory (rather than the /home) and make it /media/home/user inside the existing partition. Seems easy enough on the surface but becomes involved as I investigate.Ubuntu 10.04 minimal install with Xfce DE.
I'm trying a fresh install of 11.2 but I couldn't figure out how to make the whole installation on the same logical extended partition.
It always wants to create a separate /home partition.
I have a second HDD with NTFS only for backup purposes, but the installer puts a grub entry for it too (windows 2). And this HDD is not even bootable. I don't have the balls to try to boot from it and see what happens. How to get rid of it?
I installed fedora 13 64 bit and it works great but I encountered several issues when setting up guest OS with KVM. The problem seems to be related to selinux. But let me first ask question about logical volume. By Default fedora created logical volumes:
"If you expect that you or other users will store data on the system, create a separate partition for the /home directory within a volume group. With a separate /home partition, you may upgrade or reinstall Fedora without erasing user data files." seems to suggest I have to create a separate physical partition and assign that to /home. But reading elsewhere it seems to suggest logical volume acts like a partition. My goal is to make it easy in case fedora is hosed and I have to re-install it without affecting /home where my cirtical data resides. Given above do I need to create a separate physical partition or I am just fine?
I have a second hard disk that originally had windows and all my data. Windows is hosed but I can see my data from within Fedora and Windows is gone and I created created new partition in its place which used ot be the C:/ drive appears as 53 Gb filesystem. My data which was originally D drive appears as 215 GB filesystem. As given in [URL] I want to create a new logical volume in 53 Gb filesystem which I want to use as space for virtual disk to install guest OS's in KVM. Currrently 53 GB filesystem is mounted as /media/3467BH89JK789 but this does not work well with KVM. how do I create this logical volume out of 53 Gb filesystem partition and add proper selinux info and do I add to vg_vostrolx volume group and in a different volume group?
I have a 500 GB dual boot debian jessie + windows laptop; I intend to erase windows completely and add the extra space to my existing /home partition. What is the best way of doing it without harming data in my present /home partition?
I have a separate ext4 partition which contains all my data (music, movies, etc). When I delete files from this partition it is very slow because it copies files from my data partition to the Trash folder in my home partition. How can I avoid this? Can't the trash be configured so that it uses a trash folder in each partition instead of copying files to another partition (which is slow).
I was looking to do a fresh install of 11.2 and use my home partition from 11.1. During the Gnome Live version I wanted to see how suse would configure my computer. It recognized everything fine, except it didn't show my current home partition which is ext 3. Because Opensuse 11.2 has switched to ext 4 as default for root and home? I was hoping to use my old home with 11.2. Is there any way to make the switch without losing my settings? During the live install the partitioner didn't use my current home partition, it was going to make a new one.
So I opened up the partitioner in yast to see why it didn't use my current home and it shows no mount point for my home ext 3. Would changing the mount point on my ext 3 partition to home make the 11.2 installer recognize this as my home to use? Or will I have to copy my current home. Paste it elsewhere. Delete old home. Use unallocated space as ext 4. Paste old home on new ext4 to have the 11.2 installer recognize this as my home. So, current home is ext 3. 11.2 installer wants to make a new home on ext4. How do I use my current home settings? I haven't installed yet just tried a live run.
I was recently forced to do a reinstall of OpenSUSE. As part of that I backed up the folders I needed to keep. The installation however didn't format the 'Home' partition though. At first I thought it was nice, but I've run into trouble with a program I most definately need to get working. So my plan is to re-install yet again.
how to make the install format the root partition I think it is, and the 'home' partition, so I can start fresh.
To further complicate things My laptop (which this is happening on) is dual booting between OpenSUSE and Windows 7. It is VERY important that the windows partitions remain.
This is strange. I moved OS 11.1 from an old 150 GB PATA drive over to a 500 GB SATA using Parted Magic. The old and new partitions were
Code: OLD: /dev/sda1 - 19.99 GB, mounted as / (root partition) /dev/sda2 - 97.82 GB, mounted as /home /dev/sdb1 - 29.52 GB, Windows XP NEW: /dev/sda1 - 29.30 GB, mounted as / /dev/sda2 -292.97 GB, mounted as /home /dev/sda3 - 45.82 GB, Windows XP
I used the "Clonezilla" tool on the Parted Magic live CD to move and resize the partitions. To my delight, everything appeared to transfer just fine. I can boot into OpenSUSE 11.1 (though not into Windows, but that's not really important; I'll figure that out later), but my /home partition won't mount. I'm set to autologin, and I get the expected error: "can't access /home/stephen" (or something like that). Here's the weird thing. I can ALT-F3, get a terminal and manually "mount /dev/sda2 /home", go back to ATL-F7 and log right in, so I know the disk is fine. (I've already 'fsck'd everything, by the way, and they're clean.)
I've used Yast's partitioner about a dozen times, trying "device by ID" and other settings. I always get the same thing when I reboot. On this last reboot, when it refused to log into /home, I ALT-F3'd, logged in as root, did a "cat" on "/etc/fstab" and entered the device-by-id line exactly as I saw it there and it mounted the /home directory just fine! ALT-F7, logged into KDE. I'm typing this in KDE now. Works fine. I so rarely need to reboot this machine that I can manually mount the /home partition, if need be, but (obviously) I'd like it to be mounted automatically during the boot.
I don't see anything obviously wrong here. The fact that I can take that second line and do a manual "mount" shows me that the device ID is at least correct. Just to be clear, here's what I entered in virtual terminal 3 as root to get my home partition to mount: Code: mount /dev/disk/by-id/ata-Hitachi_HDP725050GLA360_GEA534RV0DJ4LA-part2 /home and it worked fine. Exact same line.
I have two partitions where I can install (e.g. versions of openSUSE). I have a Swap and a /home partition to be shared by both. Thus e.g., while still running 10.3, I could install and test 11.2. Once I switched over to 11.2, I still can use 10.3 when need arises (not done for monthes now). I have the 10.3 partition mounted, thus I can stilll see what was in /etc/.... on the 10.3 system from the 11.2 system if need arises.
I gave the file systemss on those two partitiions different labels to better keep them apart. It is in the first place up to you to design how you want to partition your disk(s) to facilitate such a feature. Has someone done a thing like this (especially sharing /home partition) with openSUSE and Ubuntu? Is there a How-To anywhere? Until now I have the /home folder of Ubuntu not on a separate partition but under the system/root partition "/" of Ubuntu.
Im using suse 11.1 with /home on a separate partition. To move my /home to a larger partition it looked easy to use Yast partitioner. I copied all /home/ files first to the new partition and backed-up fstab.
with Yast I unmounted /dev/sdb6 = /home and mounted it to /local then unmounted /dev/sda4 = mynewhomepartition and mounted it to /home
checking the new fstab it looked fine but after a restart it did not work and I got an error. resetting the original fstab resetted the system as it used to be. My question is: why does it not work, are there (hidden) files with the old or other settings?.
I'm upgrading to 11.3 (from 11.2) and will be keeping my current home partition. Will this keep my browser favorites? Also, I read somewhere that in order for things to work properly after upgrading (without reformatting my /home partition) that I would have to keep the same username AND user UID...? Is that true? How do I make sure I have the same UID if so...?
I purposely set up a seperate home partition so that when I changed distro's or upgraded I would still have my files, and some settings intact. (I switched distros a lot when I first started using Linux.) I set up a "bin" folder (in home folder) that had a couple of programs I had downloaded to keep from having to set up and configure everything all over again every time I felt like changing distro's as well.
I mistakenly removed my /home of openSUSE while trying to install another distro. My root pertition is OK. openSUSE is shown in grub. but i cannot boot into it as there is no /home is there any way to fix this without removing my openSUSE?
First off I'm new to the openSUSE community and would just like to say So, to the issue at hand. I recently switched to openSUSE 11.4 from Debian. I noticed the setup didn't have an option encrypt the home folder like it does in Debian, so not being aware of any other way to encrypt it, I created a new partition, backed up my current home directory, created a new partition and mounted it as home before copying in the contents of the backup to the encrypted home partition I created. Now of course it is askingme to put the crypto password in at each boot, which isn't ideal because it's a family machine and no-one would remember the password but me. Is there any way of being able to automount the encrypted partition without having to put the key in every time? Or better yet an encrypted home folder that doesn't require the key to be put in on each login (as in Debian) without even using a dedicated partition.
i tried installing windows 7 on a partition on my laptop but i'm getting this message:"setup was unable to create a new partition or locate an existing system partition "i tried googling and found that it has something to do with the number of partitions:my hard disk layout right now:
want to install 11.2 version. my machine config is as belows. pentium 4 with 1.8 gz, 512 ram and 15 gb hard disk. i want to know what should be the partition size specially for swap, root ,home etc.and what version i.e genome or kde should i install.
How would I go about moving a separate home partition back to /, and be able to delete the /home partition? I'm assuming I would have to copy the contents of /home to the root partition, and change fstab at the very least.
I just installed suse 11.3 on formatted partitions (5GB swap, 30GB / and 500GB /home). Just after the installation, My computer showed 25.2GB of /home to be used. When I do:
Code: dyn-0a2a1f40:/ # df -h .....
That seem to be roughly correct because since yesterday I've been running a program that constantly writes logs and other data files and plots, which might have accumulated a few GB's. It is also collaborated by the output of
Code: dyn-0a2a1f40:/ # du -sk /home 10548452 /home
I'm not hard-up on space right now but storage has been dear until the recent past. Also out of curiosity, the size of the /home partition is shown as 493 instead of the 500GB allocated while the swap also lists only 4GB instead of 5GB. Below is the output for fdisk -l in case anyone needs it:
When running the umount command like this as superuser: umount /dev/sda8. get the following message:umount: /home: device is busy.(In some cases useful info about processes that usethe device is found by lsof(8) or fuser(1))
When the installer gets to the point to set up the partitions it offers something like
sda1 / sda2 /swap sda3 /home
I'm not sure which option to take now. I assume I choose the option to edit the partitions but I'm not clear how to preserve the /home as it's now got a different partition number or does that no matter as long as I choose not to format it? Also, to replicate the original partition structure I'd need to delete the partitions and add them in the correct order but would that destroy the /home?I'm a bit confused with how it will work.
i have 2 harddrives. a 6gb and an 11gb. IDE ATA. i want to install opensuse 11.2 on them, using EXT4, in a different way this time. i want the "/" partition to cover all of the 6gb, with the drive set to master. For the slave, I want the "/home" partition on the 11gb, covering only 10gb on the beginning of the drive, and i want the swap space partition on the end of the drive using 1gb. Is this a smart way to install it? Will i have to continuously mount the drive with home and swap on it? What is the best configuration for using these two drives?
recently i made a backup of my home directory in 10.10 before reinstalling 10.10. again.This time I chose to manually define the partitions (50GB Root, 25GB Swap, 325GB Home)Now i wish to migrate the old home into the newly installed home, which is on a separate partition.I have found the following documentation URL...Still, as a beginner I am not quite sure about the necessary steps to perform.As the new home is located on a separate partition is it possible to simple delete all directories there and copy all directories from old home to new home with rsync?
Do I have to install all the software that corresponds to the old home first followed by migrating home or first migrating home followed by installing the software such as thunderbird, Texlive2010 etc.Guess that migration should take place at a later stage. Otherwise my old profile files from firefox and thunderbird will be overwriten by new ones?
When I loaded opensuse 11.3 for the first time, I used the automatic partitioner and have been loading app's onto my ~8GB boot partition, and now that it's full, I have ~15 GB free on my home partition and need to install a few more app's to get my laptop fully functional. Is there a way (other than copying the boot partition to the home partition and then repartitioning, copying again to the repartitioned drive, and then recopying again to the freed up space) to get the new app's I install to redirect to my home partition?
i have instaled ubuntu 11.04 wubi on my pc with windows 7. i installed and everything was going ok i navigate on ubuntu already. but the problems star here i went on my ubuntu to the partition section and i format my windows partion to be the home partion and changed the nfts to ext, i did the upgrades but i forgot that theyr running yet and i restart my computer when it boot again it gaves me an error:
try (0,0) : nfts5 : wubildr try (0,1) : ext2 :
and the windows7 says that i have to instal again. so i went to another pc and i made a cd boot and a pen boot. i burned the iso (downloaded from the ubuntu oficial site the 11.04 32 bit version) image to the cd and pen drive prperly, i adjust my boot options to star from usb or cd rom and nothing im struck.
My debian 5 is up and running smoothly and act as file-server in the middle of windows network jungle using samba the only problem is, after backup an external hdd (213 GB) to my /home partition, I end up with message say that I'm running out free space. Fyi my debian installed on 1TB SATA disk, and I separate my /home partition from system what happen to my free space ? here is screenshot of my disk, using disk usage analyzer: is there is a way to get my space back or something missing on my setup.or I have to reinstall my debian and use LVM when partitioning my disk?