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Old 12-11-2006, 01:40 PM   #1
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O.K. to use root for personal files?

Is it considered o.k. to use /root as the storage area for
personal files/projects or is /root intended to be kept free
for sys files only ?
Old 12-11-2006, 01:46 PM   #2
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This is from the man hier pages:
This directory is usually the home directory for the root user (optional).
It may be an appropriate place to keep scripts and other tips that you use for administrating the system. I wouldn't keep too much crap in there, because normally you don't create a separate partition for it (which means it can start to encroach on space needed by /).

For personal files and projects, keep them in your regular user home directory. Worried about others getting to them? Make your permissions more restrictive.
chmod -R go-rwx /home/user_here
Old 12-11-2006, 02:40 PM   #3
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Generally all that's appropriate for /root are a few config files. The only thing I've manually put there is a .vimrc ...

There's really no point in using /root for personal stuff; in fact, when it comes to backing up your data, it's more convenient to have it all in one place: your user's /home dir.
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Advice heeded !
Thanks for the quick replies.
Old 12-11-2006, 04:28 PM   #5
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Naturally, most of the people here will tell you NEVER to use root for anything personal, ONLY to administrate the system. They're right, although I generally break that rule.


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