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Old 10-21-2002, 08:28 AM   #1
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One $HOME for more than one distro?


I've got three different distros I'm trying out at the moment. I was wondering if it's advisable to make one home directory for me to use in all three distro's. For instance, I started off with DistroOne with a full install. Then decided to add DistroTwo, but wanted to still access the programs that I had downloaded into the /home/peeples directory. Same with DistroThree. I have already done this, so I know it's possible, I'm just wondering if it's advisable (The way I did it is to mount all partitions in all distros, then in DistroTwo and DistroThree I removed the existing /home/peeples directory and made a symbolic link to the /home/peeples directory on DistroOne.)

The reason I'm asking is because I was trying to install gtk+-2.0 from source for DistroTwo. It needed glib > 2.0 . When I went to install glib, everything went without a hitch, but other programs needed by gtk+-2.0 (pango, atk) say that glib is not installed. I checked the ld library path, it's correct. Re-ran ldconfig. The only reason (that I can think of) is that the configure, make, and make install programs may be using relational directory changes (cd ../../../usr/lib which would be the /usr/lib under /DistroOne) instead of using actual directory changes (/usr/lib). SO, is this my problem? Do they use relational directory changes? If so, can I run configure with a prefix (LIBDIR=/usr/lib) or something to that effect. And, is /usr/lib the correct place to put this stuff? Or am I going to create way too many problems doing this? It's no problem going back, just a waste of disk space...

Thanks for looking at this rather long post.
 
Old 10-21-2002, 06:19 PM   #2
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Well, I suppose you could... the only potential hitch would be that you have a lot of hidden directories in your home dir which contain user-specific config information for some programs. If you had the same home dir for different distros, which have different versions of the same program, you might find it throwing a wobbly about your user-specific config files. One example that springs to mind would be Gnome/KDE.
 
Old 10-21-2002, 07:14 PM   #3
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Well, if those are the only two, then I think I'll be fine. I only use Gnome in Slackware, and only use WindowMaker in RedHat. I'm trying to keep the distro's with the same programs, so my comparison between them will be equal. Eventually, I will sh*tcan two of them, and keep the one that I like.

Thanks for the reply Grant!!

Anyone with an answer on the relational directories question????

Last edited by peeples; 10-21-2002 at 07:15 PM.
 
Old 10-22-2002, 05:38 AM   #4
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I wouldn't do that - if you got different versions of lets say kde of the two distros installed you might run into some minor problems.
IMHO it isn't worth the disk space you save if you have to track all your versions and wonder why it doesn't work now.
Just make an extra partition that holds all your data and and your Home won't use a lot of space anyway.
 
Old 10-22-2002, 08:53 AM   #5
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OK. I'll go back to having three seperate $HOME directories. Thanks for the responses, guys!

denny
 
  


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