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Old 08-17-2005, 02:53 PM   #1
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Same /home mount point for two distros?

I would like use (read/write) all the files in mandrake /home folder (which is in it's own partition) from kubuntu and the other way around.
I have already installed mandrake and kubuntu so that they both use the same partition for /home's mount point, but I can only access the other distros user folder as root, because of the user permission.

What is the proper way to do this? Is it even possible?

Old 08-17-2005, 03:12 PM   #2
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How are you mounting it? Manually, or with fstab?

If you use fstab, change the "defaults" to "user" - and the 0 0 to 1 2.

If you are using mount, in rc.local for example - change it to:

mount /dev/hd? /home -o umask=0000
Old 08-17-2005, 03:14 PM   #3
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Are you using the exact same username on both systems? That could be the problem. In general, while convenient in some ways, I've found sharing a /home folder to be a big pain in the... It's better to just copy over a couple of configuration files from one /home to another /home.
Old 08-17-2005, 04:01 PM   #4
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Check your /etc/password file - you need to have the same user number, not the same user name. It's the first number after your name, commonly starting at 1000
Old 08-18-2005, 12:27 PM   #5
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Ok it works now after I did like oneandoneis2 said.

I just edited mandrake's passwd file and set the user id and group from 501 to 1001 which is what kubuntu uses for my user account. I also had to edit the group file and change 501 to 1001 from my user's group.
After this I set the home/user files owner and group to 1001 using chown since this was 501 which mandrake had set.

Thank you all for helping!

PS. Jesus loves you.

Last edited by jaristr; 08-18-2005 at 12:29 PM.


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