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Old 03-06-2004, 12:45 PM   #1
Registered: Feb 2003
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can two distros share a /home dir ?

Hey there,

i have debian all set up nice how i like it on /dev/hda

i also have another little 1.2 gig that i want to try some other distros out (slack gentoo crux etc...) on without sacrificing my system. i think i will have enough room to play if i can share my swap partition between the distros, and if i can share my /home dir between them also . Is this ok ?

also, i use lilo with debian, and though i can re-edit with my rescue disk if i screw it up, i know that i will not be able to boot from any floppy cuz my floppy drive has flopped.

how would i be able to boot from a rescue cd for another distro ? root=/dev/hdb1 ? or such..

ok, any helpfull hints are welcome.

thanks !
Old 03-06-2004, 01:06 PM   #2
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I considered doing that at one point but decided against it as I wasn't sure how two different versions of the same program would interact when presented with the same set of configuration and data files. If you maintain seperate user accounts for each distro it should work but I'd still be tempted to keep the /home dirs seperate.
Old 03-06-2004, 07:23 PM   #3
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I had redhat 9, suse and mandrake all on the same hd....sharing the swap was no problem and sharing the mount point I use for downloads and the one I use for music worked just fine, I don't think it would be worth the potential problems to share much of anything else though..
Old 03-06-2004, 08:37 PM   #4
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It is quite common for people to share a single /home over several computers, let alone the same one. This is usually done with afs or nfs. As long as the wm you use are the same, it is not a problem. you can get into trouble if you have vastly differing wm or if you run a lot of stuff out of your home dir, as the libraries can be different on the different installs. Not too hard to work around, though.

I would suggest either making a partition to share and just mounting it in both your iindependent /home/user dirs, ot sharing the home and having a smaller partition to put executables in in case of problems. You can just call the mount point the same thing on both installs and put it earlier in your path.


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