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Share same /home between Mint and Mint KDE

Postby thinkpad761 on Wed May 27, 2009 7:36 am

Hello everybody,

I want try for a while Mint KDE and I need your help concerning one point.

I would like to know if I can create a new partition where Mint KDE System will be installed and use the /home of my other Mint.

Thus I will be able to use my personal data on Mint Gnome as well on Mint KDE.

So if someone can confirm me I can do that and that there will be no problems, I will be glad.

Thank you so much in advance to everybody.

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Re: Share same /home between Mint and Mint KDE

Postby Fornhamfred on Wed May 27, 2009 12:58 pm

Julian

I find the easiest way to share information between various distros is to have a separate partition for data, I use FAT32 so that the same data is available for Linux and Windows. It is also easy to backup.

Not sure about sharing the home directory but my feeling is that it would not be possible.
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Re: Share same /home between Mint and Mint KDE

Postby FedoraRefugee on Wed May 27, 2009 1:54 pm

Fornhamfred wrote:Julian

I find the easiest way to share information between various distros is to have a separate partition for data, I use FAT32 so that the same data is available for Linux and Windows. It is also easy to backup.

Not sure about sharing the home directory but my feeling is that it would not be possible.


You do realize that most distros now natively read/write to NTFS right? No need to use FAT32 anymore.

You could share the same /home but it would cause all kinds of problems. Better to just create a /data.
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Re: Share same /home between Mint and Mint KDE

Postby thinkpad761 on Thu May 28, 2009 5:02 am

Ok guys ,thanks.

I was wondering to do that in order to get my mails, applis, settings from Mint Gnome to KDE but ok.

I have already a partition with my data. My point was really more related to the settings and options from Gnome.

You're saying that it is not good. It means it is going to make a mess in my /home if I do that.???
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Re: Share same /home between Mint and Mint KDE

Postby emorrp1 on Thu May 28, 2009 5:12 am

Provided the Gnome and KDE are from the same Mint version, you should be fine, if they're not, expect problems. On the other hand, if they're from the same base version (e.g. felicia) then you could just install KDE from gnome, so you can choose which you want when you login rather than when you boot, just install the "mint-meta-kde" package.
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Re: Share same /home between Mint and Mint KDE

Postby thinkpad761 on Thu May 28, 2009 6:16 am

ok ok I was thinking of doing this

BUT Am I going to have the same like KDE Mint 6 or it is just a package with the environment?

I mean I'm looking for the same KDE like if I install it from the ISO.

I heard also that by doing it can create some problems, like 2 times the same application and so on.

Thanks
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Re: Share same /home between Mint and Mint KDE

Postby emorrp1 on Thu May 28, 2009 6:50 am

installing the meta package shouldn't cause you any problems, you'll pretty much get what you would from a fresh install, though of course the gnome apps will still be available from kde and vice versa, which may mean you have almost double the apps, because you'll have two apps which do the same thing differently.
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Re: Share same /home between Mint and Mint KDE

Postby thinkpad761 on Thu May 28, 2009 7:05 am

I'm going to do that.

So I just had a look to the different packages. I saw the one mentioned 'mint-meta-kde' and I saw also another one: mint artwork kde.

Do you think I've got to install it also? What can it bring more?

Thank you again in advance for your help and answers. You're pretty fast and anyway, I liked so much this forum and Linux mint.

Sorry for the off topic

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Re: Share same /home between Mint and Mint KDE

Postby emorrp1 on Thu May 28, 2009 10:28 am

mint-meta-kde installs everything from the KDE CE, including the mint-artwork-kde package you mentioned.
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Re: Share same /home between Mint and Mint KDE

Postby thinkpad761 on Thu May 28, 2009 2:53 pm

Hello

So I tried to install the meta package => problem. I've got a message saying that there is a problem with the dependencies.

Depends: amarok but it is not installable

Thank in advance for anyhelp
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Re: Share same /home between Mint and Mint KDE

Postby Fred on Thu May 28, 2009 3:05 pm

thinkpad761,

I hate to throw stones, but I suspect you are embarked on a lesson in futility. Using the same /home for two different distros is always a touchy setup. The best/safest way is to use two different user names, one for each distro. Even then there can be some conflicts, especially now that KDE 4.* is in use.

Using the same user name is a potential nightmare, depending on the distros, DEs, and program packages involved.

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Re: Share same /home between Mint and Mint KDE

Postby thinkpad761 on Fri May 29, 2009 10:58 am

No one can help me for my problem regarding the dependencies!!

I'm still locked to this step.

Thank you in advance
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Re: Share same /home between Mint and Mint KDE

Postby Boo on Sun May 31, 2009 3:06 am

amarok is comming from the amarok ppa repo which is listed in the kde version but not the gnome version.
add to sources.list
## +++ ppa repos +++
# Amarok 2
deb http://ppa.launchpad.net/kubuntu-members-kde4/ubuntu intrepid main

this is the kde4 ppa repo used to get a usable kde4 version but this may be in the backports repo now.
## KDE 4.2 (beta)
# deb http://ppa.launchpad.net/kubuntu-experimental/ubuntu intrepid main

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Re: Share same /home between Mint and Mint KDE

Postby thinkpad761 on Mon Jun 01, 2009 12:25 pm

Hi guys

Thank you for the tutorial, it is working perfectly now.

So I don't know maybe it will be better if I erase Gnome and I install KDE, just maybe more fluid or now.

I'll let you know.

Thank you so much to everybody for your help.

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