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Old 10-26-2005, 12:36 PM   #1
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Sharing a home folder between 2 Linux distros

My SUSE /home is setup on its own partition. I was wondering if I could get FC4 to share the same /home. In doing so, will this destroy/format the /home from SUSE.
Old 10-26-2005, 05:38 PM   #2
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Theres's lots on the internet on this subject. Apparantly not the easiest thing, but doable. I googled this phrase, "sharing /home on two distros" found much that is helpful: from

On Thu, 31 Mar 2005 17:28:47 +0930
David Lloyd <david at> wrote:

> Matt,
> >I thought I'd try to be clever and share the swap partition between
> >both linux distros, which I believe is a valid thing to do. Then I
> >thought, why not try and share the /boot partition too?
> >
> >
> >
> You could most likely share /boot.

I'd wonder how useful it would be to do so though ... I'd expect /boot
would need to be be no more than 128 to 256 MB in size (actually I
usually make / 256MB, including /boot, so 256MB is on the large size),
so I don't see saving disk space to be a motive to share /boot between
two distros. Are there any other motives ?

Also, be aware that there might be common files between them, and you
may have a situation where a security update to one distro may modify a
shared file in a way that it may disrupt the other distro.

I personally wouldn't share /boot, just to be on the safe side. I'd
probably limit the sharing to swap and /home, and maybe pure source code
directories, eg. where the kernel source code is (for example, I store
the kernel source under /usr/src, as well as any other system things
that I might want to add eg, so that could be sharable).



The Internet's nature is peer to peer.

and from:

I wonder How can I share one partition of my hard disk (let's say
> /dev/hda6 ) between two distros (Mandrake 9.0 and RH 7.3 ) so that
> they both see it as their /home
> Is it possible?

Yes, it is.

One caveat, though. Different versions of software might store
different config files in user's $HOME directory. If you want to use
the same user name with both distributions on a shared /home
partition, that can result in unwanted side-effects, e.g. messed up
fonts. Try it. I would recommend you work with separate users.

also check out this:

Happy computing Kurt


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