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Old 05-10-2004, 10:57 PM   #1
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Seperate /home partition

I have installed various distros and I've installed Knoppix 3.3 and it's pretty cool. I might install 3.4...not sure. There has been a question in my mind that I think I should know but I can't see it.....
I would like to create a separate /home partition so that I can easily backup data to CDR when upgrading or replacing distros. I can't understand the difference in a separate /home directory and /home partition! Physically I know the difference but software-linuxwise I don't. For instance when upgrading say from Fedora 1 to 2, wouldn't choosing an UPGRADE option leave a /home PARTITION undisturbed? I've heard of people creating a /home partition but how do you name it when creating it under cfdisk? Sometimes I even wonder if I should worry about it....just create subdirectories of data in /home directory so that I can backup to CDR then forget the partition thing?
If I haven't confused you then I will be confused.
Old 05-10-2004, 11:24 PM   #2
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I've never played with those systems, and your upgrade uption completely depends on the distro, but if you make certain partitions, it should ask you before touching them.. I think most 'upgrades' will ask you where you installed linux, where you would select the / partition....

I have a ton of partitions on my machine, even though I will never upgrade it unless a new kernal comes out lol...

Old 05-11-2004, 12:15 AM   #3
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I think it's a good idea to have a separate /home partition. I've never used cfdisk, but it's presumably similar to to fdisk. You just create a logical partition there (something like hda5), and then you create the filesystem and mount /home from the terminal with:
mke2fs -j /dev/hda5
mount /dev/hda5 /home
That is assuming you have it at hda5 and want it to be an ext3 fs. You would then also need to edit /etc/fstab.


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