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Old 09-29-2004, 01:04 AM   #1
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/home directory structure question

Hi guys,

I have /home on a seperate partition, and recently reinstalled linux again. What I didn't remember to do, is to delete all the hidden files from my home folder, so sometimes some old config files from /home are in use, instead of /home/username, which I this time created.

I was wondering about the directory structure of /home. I am the only user on this computer, and at my house. Do I still need a /home/username, or can I live with just having a /home?

The reason I ask, is because I noticed that after my reinstall, that /home, and /home/username have many of the same files in it, such as .xmms, .icons, .fluxbox and so on, is this normal? It would seem a bit overkill.

I guess I never told the os what my home folder was apart from fstab, because I think it was using the .Xauthority file from /home, and not from /home/username. Do I need to tell it where my home is, so that it doesn't write files into the wrong directory, or should I just go with /home?

Thank you

I apologize if reading this is a bit tedious

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Old 09-29-2004, 01:33 AM   #2
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Just look in /etc/passwd what your users home is ...

Old 09-29-2004, 11:54 AM   #3
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I just realized something else. In my fstab, I had /home, instead of /home/username. That's probably it right?


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