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Old 03-19-2006, 07:46 PM   #1
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Share /home between distros

I would like to install multiple Linux distros on one computer (Kubuntu and Fedora and maybe some others). Is it possible to share my home directory between the distros, if it is on a separate partition.

What I would like is to choose which distro I want to use, but when I log in, I can access all of my documents, etc the same on all the distros.

Will I have problems with settings files, such as KDE on Kubuntu and KDE on Fedora?

Thanks in advance
Old 03-19-2006, 08:45 PM   #2
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Yes, you can just mount the proper partition as /home in each distribution by having the same line in /etc/fstab.
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You'll also want to make sure that your user UID/GID's match up between distro's otherwise you'll get permission problems.
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I don't think you want to do this....Each distro writes configuration data to the users HOME folder---eg /home/username
What you want (IMHO) is a shared data partition which is mounted inside your HOME directory. Or--it could be MOUNTED in /mnt and then simply linked to where you need it.
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One way to avoid troubles with various distros that have different sets of config files is to have a /home/shared directory which contains only personal files that can be safely shared between distros (.bashrc, .xinitc, etc.). These files would be linked into the individual home directories, so they can be accessed easily from any of the distros. Any files that are specific to one distro would be "real" files in their respective home directories, where they wouldn't be used by the other distros.
This might sound complicated, and it is somewhat complicated to set up, but as long as the UID is properly set for each user it can actually make modifying your configs much less of a hassle (make a change to .bashrc in one distro and it is also changed for the other distro). As far as plain old data files are concerned (images, downloads, music, etc), I think pixellany has the right idea.


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