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Old 01-18-2010, 03:43 PM   #1
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sharing /home and swap partitions between several linux distros

Hi, I have a new laptop, the HDD is 160 GB size, I would like to install several linux distros, such as Debian, UbuntuStudio and BackTRack, the HDD partition would be like this:

- first logical partition (100 GB): 3 ext3 extended partition (1 partition for each distro)

-second logical partition (2 GB): swap

-thid logical partition (55 GB): ext3 /home partition

-four logical partition (3 GB): free space

My question is: is possible to share the swap and the /home partition between the 3 distros?


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Old 01-18-2010, 03:46 PM   #2
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Sure you could share partition between linux system.

Share swap partition is a good idea.

Share home partition i think isn't a good idea.
On the home partition are present numerous hide directory with the configurations of different programs.

I think a lot better share a directory that you can call for example
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Old 01-18-2010, 03:52 PM   #3
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thanks for your answer, very useful.

Old 01-18-2010, 05:14 PM   #4
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I've tried triplebooting and keeping only 1 home's a pain in the butt...and like the other reply, I just ended up with a giant /mystuff partition and it works great....
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Old 06-08-2011, 09:09 PM   #5
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My setup

The way I do this is to have my different distros on different partitions, but have one home and one swap partition. I then have another partition for holding files that I want to see across them all (music, pictures, videos etc). I use symlinks in each distro user folder to point to the relevant shared partition folders. By keeping the username different in each distro (ie. suse-jamie, fedora-jamie etc) it stops any problems occurring with config files and the like.

Just my tuppence worth!


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