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Old 12-29-2013, 09:56 AM   #1
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Partially shared home directory?

I want to set up a structure to partially share a user's home directory across several machines in a LAN.

My basic idea (correct me if I'm overlooking some serious flaw): replace every not-completely-shared file or subdirectory in the user's home directory with a symlink to the same name in that user's subdirectory of /local

The home directory (including those symlinks) is stored on our main fileserver and auto mounted into the workstation or any headless server when used. But the fileserver has no /local, so from its point of view all those symlinks are dangling.

On a workstation where that user logs into the physical display system, he would want one set of config files and directories for all the GUI programs he runs. That would be stored in /local/username on that machine itself.

On all headless Centos 5 servers, the same user would want mostly the same home directory, but a different set of program specific config files (shared by all headless Centos 5 servers. Each Centos 5 would have a /local mount point mounted to point to a Centos5-local directory somewhere in the fileserver.

Similarly the Centos 6 headless servers would each have a /local mointpoint all pointing to a shared Centos6-local directory.

That covers most cases (except I haven't tried it yet and might have badly misunderstood the way symlinks interact with nfs).

But a significant fourth case exists. If the user does a remote login to a workstation where he normally would do a direct login, he would want the Centos6-local directory to be /local rather than get the ordinary local. The ordinary /local has GUI config based on the multi-monitor configuration of that workstation and does not play well at all with remote use.

I started a whole separate thread on that question:

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