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Old 03-10-2019, 11:25 AM   #1
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Question Copying OS files without exiting the presently-running OS? Possible?


I am looking into creating a symlink from a directory in Bodhi on an SD card, to one residing in a partition on the SSD and have come across this:
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While logged in as a different user, in a root shell (e.g. sudo -i), copy over the contents of /home/username to /extra-home/username and make sure the new location is owned by username:
About the part of the instruction in boldface, what is the reason for logging in as a 'different user' before the copy operation?

Is this a shortcut to what I would do normally, and that is, exiting the operating system and booting into a Linux Live CD/DVD, and performing the copy operation from there?
 
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Your home directory contains configuration files that may be in use by running programs. Programs write to these files as well as read from them. If you are logged on as a different user, you won't be using any of these files so they can be copied safely.
 
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