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Old 05-21-2004, 11:01 AM   #1
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Is it possible to have two distros sharing the same /home partition

for example Mandrake 10 and Fedora Core 2

everything goes on the same HD extra partition for /home
both Distros sharing the same /home partition or will /home get corrupted ?

Regards Felice
Old 05-21-2004, 11:17 AM   #2
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as far as I know, there's nothing that could prevent that. simply do a partition for /home, and install the distros and things should run ok.. that's because usually distros don't install anything "important" into /home, but it's reserved for users' own files..
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It should work without a problem. However, when you install the second distro DO NOT let it reformat the /home partition!
Old 05-21-2004, 11:19 AM   #4
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thank u for your reply b0uncer and nukkel,

my fear is the following:

I add a user in my first distro, which automatically creates a folder /home/user
How do I tell the other distro to use this folder?

Maybe I'll just try and post my experience.

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Old 05-21-2004, 12:27 PM   #5
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In my experience, when reinstalling Mandrake, it asks me to add users and I add the same usernames that were there before the reinstall. If I did not tell it to reformat the /home partition then it seems to use the /home folders that existed before, i.e. if I previously had a user "richard" then it uses the /home/richard folder that is already there and does not delete it and create a new one!

Probably wouldn't hurt to back your home folder up just in case, of course!


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