Ubuntu Installation :: Partition Multiple Distros To Share One Home Partition

May 11, 2011

I was wondering what the best way is to partition multiple distros to share one home partition.

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Installation :: Multibooting Multiple Distros With A Separate / Boot Partition For GRUB

Mar 27, 2010

Noobish question on multibooting multiple Linux distros. I have four of the current major Linux distributions. Each has been installed and run individually (no other Linux distribution installed) in a dual-boot configuration with Windoze. No problem.

What I want to do is install all four Linux distributions and multiboot them. Reading the internet it would seem this is a simple task with GRUB. The short version being - install a Linux distro with a separate /boot partition for GRUB and use GRUB to boot the other Linux distros from the GRUB boot menu.

So I installed one of the Linux distros with a separate partition for /boot. The distro installer installed GRUB in /boot and correctly setup a dual-boot configuration with Windoze. GRUB was installed to the MBR. Next I installed a second Linux distro in its own root partition and told the distros installer NOT to install GRUB to the MBR, but rather, to the boot sector of the root partion of the second Linux distro. Installation was uneventful (and I could access the second Linux partition from the first installed Linux distro, things looked ok). Then I added to following to the installed (MBR - /boot) GRUB's menu.lst:

Code: title lixux distro 2
root (hd0,7)

chainloader +1 After which I rebooted the system and the new entry for the second Linux distro now appears in the GRUB boot menu. I selected the second Linux distro from the boot menu and got the following GRUB error: Error 5 : Partition table invalid or corrupt

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Ubuntu :: Sharing A /home Partition Between 3 Distros?

Jun 18, 2010

On my netbook I want to have three linux distros: full desktop ubuntu, a quick loading web oriented netbook OS (maybe UNR or a couple others), and backtrack 4.

To save HD space, I was thinking about having like a 10GB partition for each OS, a 2GB swap partition to be shared, and a /home partition taking up the rest of the drive to be shared between all the OSes. Are there any potential complications here? Should I use a separate user and home folder for each distro or would it be ok to share the same home folder between all of them?

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General :: Two Distros With The Same /home Partition?

Oct 11, 2010

I am running Ubuntu with root on one partition and /home on another. I am proposing adding another distro (probably openSUSE) with its root on a partition which is unused at present, and the same /home partition as Ubuntu. Will using the same /home partition for two distros work? I realise that I will have to use the same usernames and passwords for both.

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General :: Multiple Distros - One Data Partition - External Drive

Apr 8, 2010

I've got an external hard drive with one large data partition on it. I also have four computers to connect it to (individually, not at the same time). Three machines are running Slackware and one is running Ubuntu 9.10. I need to be able to just plug the drive into whichever machine, mount it (preferably to the same location each time) and not have to worry about user permissions and such. Do I just chmod 777 all the files and folders or is there a better method for different 'users' to access the same partition? And how about mounting to the same location each time?

Now the second part of my question I'm pretty sure I'm not able to do but just in case..... is there any way to encrypt the information safely and make it compatible with a Windows XP machine?

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Ubuntu Installation :: Using /home For Multiple Distros?

Apr 24, 2010

I dual boot multiple distros of Ubuntu and I'm trying to use my /home from 9.10 for 10.04 also.Is this possible? If not, does anyone know if I can copy sections of my 9.10 Crossover files to my 10.04 /home. Biggest thing is for WoW which takes forever to load each new distro I upgrade to.

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Installation :: Create Common / Home Partition For Multiple Distributions Like Fedora / Ubuntu / OpenSUSE?

Mar 15, 2010

Can I create common /home partition for multiple Linux distributions like Fedora, Ubuntu, openSUSE?

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Ubuntu Installation :: Format Windows Partition To Be The Home Partition And Changed The Nfts To Ext

Sep 1, 2011

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.

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Ubuntu :: How To Share /home Partition

Sep 13, 2010

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.

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Ubuntu :: Share A Home Partition Between Lucid Windows 7

Jul 8, 2010

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.

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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.

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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.

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Ubuntu :: Single Home Partition Access With 10.04 And 11.04 Multiple Distributions

Apr 26, 2011

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.

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Ubuntu Installation :: Separate "settings" Partition But Common Home Partition On System With 2 Distro

Feb 7, 2010

I was surprised not to find an existing thread on this anywhere, as I would expect this to be a common problem: I have the following partitions on my eee PC 100HE:

10GB Windows XP
5GB Linux Mint 8
5GB Ubuntu 9.10 NBR (awesome distro by the way!)
130GB Home partition shared by Linux Mint and Ubuntu NBR
2GB Swap partition shared by Linux Mint and Ubuntu NBR

I installed Ubuntu NBR after Mint. Immediately after install, the panel layout, menus and colour scheme were slightly messed up - presumeably because they had been "adopted" from the Mint settings in the home folder. I corrected them easily, but now I have the same problem in Mint. Is there any way I can get both distros to use the same /home folder, but different settings (i.e. the /home/username/. folders)? Can I get these settings folders put on a different partition for example?

And is this problem due only to the fact that these are 2 Ubuntu-based distros? Or will I have the same problem if/when I replace Mint with another distro, such as Fedora or Moblin?

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Ubuntu :: Share Home Directory With 2 Distros?

Jun 14, 2010

I'm not sure if this is the proper section of the forum for this, but I haven't really seen anything about this particular topic. I've got Ubuntu 10.04 installed as my main OS. It's on a 25GB partition, and I have a 175GB partition that I use as my /home directory.

On the second hard disk I have a 15GB partition that I would like to install, and try out, Slackware 13.1.
Is it a bad idea to try to also use that 175GB /home partition for Slackware and Ubuntu at the same time? Can that cause incompatibility problems for me, with any shared software between the two distros, or is this something that should work ok?

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Ubuntu :: Share Folders In Home Between Distros

May 28, 2011

I've set up a dual boot between a few different distros that I use. One of them has a seperate home partition and I'd like to bind folders from that into the other distros' home directories, I would like to share music documents and ideally firefox bookmarks between them.

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General :: Could Two Distros Share The Same /home

Jul 27, 2010

Just out of curiosity, suppose I had a harddrive with three partitions. One partition contains Slackware (or whatever), and one partition contains Debian (or whatever). Could both of these installs use the third partition as its /home, without causing any problems?

edit: meant to put this into Linux General, not Debian. Could anyone move it?

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Ubuntu :: How Much Room To Leave For Home Partition / Root Partition

Feb 7, 2010

I have finally been convinced to partition my 500GB hard drive from a two partition setup with root and swap to a three partition setup with root, swap, and home. I found a nice tutorial about how to do this, but here is my question:

A) How much space do I leave for the root partition and the home partition?

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Debian :: Separate /home Partition From System Partition - Free Space Gone?

Dec 15, 2010

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?

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Fedora :: Home Partition And Create Logical Volume Out Of 53 Gb Filesystem Partition?

Aug 24, 2010

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?

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OpenSUSE :: Delete Files On Data Partition Slow Because Trash Is Located On Home Partition?

Aug 18, 2011

KDE 4.6 - opensuse 11.4.

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).

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General :: Installing Multiple Distros - Create Another / And /home Partitions For The New Distro?

Nov 20, 2010

My partition layout is as follows:

sda1: 14GB / ext4
sda2: 10GB /iso ext4
sda3: 4GB /home ext4
sda4: 86GB Extended
sad5: 2GB swap

I have 84GB free space on this hard drive and want to install another distro. Will I be able to create another / and /home partitions for the new distro?

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Ubuntu Installation :: Multiple Installations On ONE Partition

Apr 30, 2011

I've had enough of partitions. I have one for /home, 3 or 4 for various distros, and one for swap. It is rigid and difficult to adapt to varying disk usage. I'm currently finding it very difficult to upgrade all my machines to Natty. I want to avoid this problem in the future.This cleans up the root directory, and makes it easy to see what distros are installed.I want to be able to move existing installations into this system.

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Ubuntu Installation :: Using /home On A Windows Partition?

Jan 14, 2010

I bought a new computer that has Windows preinstalled and I want to install Ubuntu to dual boot. I'm considering making /home on a separate Windows partition in Gparted.. would it slow the performance significantly if I used this setup? I'd like to be able to access my important files regardless of whether I boot into Windows or Linux..

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Ubuntu :: Seperate Home Partition At Installation?

Nov 1, 2010

I'm having some small lagging problems with my upgrade to 10.10. I haven't done a clean install since 9.04 so I'm thinking of doing one... and I have a few questions.Would making a separate partition at installation be worth it? If so how much run should I set for / ? 10gb? more? less?Also should I create a swap partition? I never use hibernate. Actually whats a good reason anyone would use hibernate on a desktop? on a laptop I could see a few instances but anyway it's shutdown or suspend for me[URL]

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Debian :: Swap Partition Between Distros

Apr 26, 2015

Is it possible to use the same swap partition between distros or not ?

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Fedora Installation :: Home Partition On LVM?

Jan 14, 2011

I've installed fedora 14(fresh installation) on extended partition.(~25GB).But I found that I've one standard partition of size 30MB.So should I install fedora on standard partition or LVM?I heard people saying that having home on seperate partition is good.But seperate partition means seperate physical partition or logical partition(also)?

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Ubuntu Installation :: Multiple Installs Of 10.10 With The Same Partition Setup?

Feb 4, 2011

I work at a local library. In a few days I am getting 8 new HP g72t laptops. Is there a way to do multiple installs of 10.10 with the same partition setup, installed programs, config settings , etc? I am a volunteer and have set up many ubuntu installs before but always had each machine old and different. Now I would like to automate all the installs somehow.I picked that laptop as linuxcity.com sells them with Ubuntu installed.I got them with windows and plan to remove win 7 and do Ubuntu 10.10

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Ubuntu Installation :: Move /home To A Separate Partition?

Jan 11, 2010

I want to move my home directory to a separate partition so I can install the new versions of Ubuntu without losing my data. And while I'm at it, what other important directories should I move to separate partitions? And how do I do it? I'm guessing that the /boot directory should also be moved to its own partition too, yes? Because it has the GRUB in it, and if I removed Ubuntu to make way for a newer version of Ubuntu, I'll just get an error because the computer can't find the GRUB that doesn't exist anymore, right? And also, if I move those important yet-to-be-listed directories to their own separate partitions, how large should those partitions be?

I don't want to miss out on the upcoming Lucid Lynx (If it will work in the first place, of course ) By the way, I have an Ubuntu-Windows XP dual-boot system. I'll attach a screenshot of my partition table from GPartEd. You can see that I have about 300 GB. The largest partition is Ubuntu.

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Ubuntu Installation :: Upsides And Downsides Of Having A Home Partition?

Jan 14, 2010

I have an Ubuntu-Windows dual-boot system on an MSi Wind U100.My 300 GB HDD is partitioned like this (not counting the Windows partitions):

20 GB partition that mounts /
4 GB Linux-Swap
and a 160.19 GB partition that mounts /home

If I was to do a clean install of Ubuntu Lucid Lynx when it comes out, what advantages and disadvantages would there be in having a separate /home partition?

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