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Old 06-20-2004, 02:44 PM   #1
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/home seperate partition from previous install, make it new /home in new install

I was messing around with debian a few days ago and came back to slack (again). During the install I decided to make /home a seperate partition.
For the time being I have it mounting to a /files dir and was wondering about making it /home/<user> for my existing account. I have the same username and all, just wondering if I can delete the existing /home/ dir and rename the old one (/files) to home and somehow get it setup for my user account. Is it just a matter of renaming? Or are there other things that I have to do as well, besides permissions.
Thanks in advance
Old 06-20-2004, 03:06 PM   #2
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Nope, that should be straight forward ... just check
that the numerical UID's are the same (or chown
the thing as well).

Old 06-20-2004, 03:16 PM   #3
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right on, I figured it was just a matter or renaming and such. Thanks
Old 06-21-2004, 07:30 PM   #4
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alright, well its not quite going as I planned. i cant delete /home (says something is using it blah blah).
and I cant rename /files to /home. I dunno, does it really matter if I do this? Its pretty much goint to be storage space anyways.
But if you have a simple short explination of how to go about this, it would be helpfull. So far i have the user as the owner (chown) of /files but thats about as far as I have gotten without any problems.
What I thought I was supposed to do was:
1) make a dir inside of /files called <username>
2) copy all my goodies over from exitsting home/ dir to /files/username
3) get rid of /home/ (rm -rf ?)
4) rename /files/ to /home/

from there I havent figured out what I will need to do, guess I'll find out after I get over this hurdle...


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Old 06-21-2004, 10:52 PM   #5
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ok, so if i am reading this right you have a /files directory with all your stuff in it and you have a /home/<username> directory that is empty. why don't you just create a directory like /home/<username>/<mystuff> and then edit your fstab file to mount /files to /home/<username>/<mystuff> at boot. then youhave all your stuff where you want it and it is easily accesible.

i thought that that was part of the beauty of the linux file structure. if you need/want more room you can just graft a new partition onto the existing tree.

anyway, this is how i'd do it.

Old 06-21-2004, 10:57 PM   #6
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Why just not copy the /files contents to /home ?


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