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neji49
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Question regarding home parition and installation.

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When I first installed Mint, a suggestion was to use a separate home partition because I could preserve my home folder when upgrading. I know it is possible to use bash to modify permissions and set it up, but can the installer recognize and mount a home partition automatically? Or do I need to manually do it?
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neji49 wrote:When I first installed Mint, a suggestion was to use a separate home partition because I could preserve my home folder when upgrading. I know it is possible to use bash to modify permissions and set it up, but can the installer recognize and mount a home partition automatically? Or do I need to manually do it?
Normally installer can search and tell where is Swap partition

However if you wish to have separate home partition, you need to manual tell installer which partition you want to mount as /home
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Re: Question regarding home parition and installation.

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To add to Wayne128's comments.

While in the manual partition section of the installer, make sure that you DO NOT check the "format" checkbox for the partition identified as "/home". That will leave the contents of your existing /home intact.

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Re: Question regarding home parition and installation.

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Message to neji49, I to have the same thoughts on a separate /home. I have been reading lots of howto's on the internet and decided to play around. I have two hard drives in my machine so I used manual setup to set / on the first drive and /home on the second drive. Installation went as planned and /home worked. I created a file and saved it in /home/documents. I then did another install and followed dataman's tip about not formatting /home on a new installation. After setup had finished I checked /home and the file I created was still there. I am so pleased with the result, I could not believe it was so simple in the end. Thanks for your help and advice dataman and the inspiration neji49.
And not forgetting Wayne 128, thanks guys
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Re: Question regarding home parition and installation.

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If you're going to share a /home across multiple ops, suggest paying attention to the revision levels of the ops. If you share, say a common /home with the same user account structure across, say Mint 8 & 10, you may wind up with some difficulties with respect to the common config files.

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Re: Question regarding home parition and installation.

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Okay, I'm glad it's so simple, thank you all for the explanation!
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Re: Question regarding home parition and installation.

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If you're multi-booting it's best not to share a /home partition. Sharing a data partition will save you a lot of headaches.
Then you can symlink your folders in your data partition to your home directory in each OS with a middle click & drag.
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Re: Question regarding home parition and installation.

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Don't know if this is the right place to ask this, or if it's different enough that it needs a new thread, but here it goes: can I migrate from ubuntu to mint using the same /home partition?
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Re: Question regarding home parition and installation.

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The /home/UserName directory holds desktop settings and application settings and e-mail.
If you are using the same desktop and same e-mail client on both systems, and using the same UserName, you can miggrate /home .
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Re: Question regarding home parition and installation.

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Cool. Thanks.
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