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If i were to share a /home partition among FC3 and SUSE, what type of file type should i select for the /home partiton.
Whats the best method to share one /home partition between FC and SUSE.assuming that i have already mounted the FC3 on /home during installation and the i am going to install SUSE.
? 1. Should i mount suse on that /home partition during the installation OR
? 2. Should i just leave the /home and just specify root partition (/) and then after installation do something to add the /home ( say its on /dev/hda2) on the /etc/fstab ?
I would appriciate if anyone could help on this matter....
The home directory for a user is determined by what is in a field of the /etc/passwd file. The /home partition is a storage location for these directories, and could be on a central server or a NAS storage device.
One thing that you could do is to have seperate home directories for a user for each distribution, but have the documents and downloads subdirectories be links to common subdirectories.
To have full rights to these folders you would need to make sure that the user IDs and group IDs are the same. You would only want to do this for the same person, because then all of the directories would be readable by the user with that UID and GID.
So, for example, consider a user name in SuSE called Azzath-SuSE and a user name in FC3 called Azzath-FC3
Then there would be /home/Azzath-SuSE, /home/Azzath-FC3, /home/Azzath-SuSE/documents, /home/Azzath-SuSE/documents folders plus links
/home/Azzath-FC3/documents -> /home/Azzath-SuSE/documents
/home/Azzath-FC3/downloads -> /home/Azzath-SuSE/downloads
You also might want to change the numbers that users and groups start at. I think that FC has users start at 500 while SuSE starts from 1000, but this can be changed in the system configuration so that groups and users IDs occupy the same range of numbers.
An alternative is to have the UID of the two home folders unique, and to make both users members of the same group (GID) so that they have r/w access to a common documents folder.
For this you might have a documents folder located at /home/documents instead.