LMDE 4 and MINT 19.3 with same HOME partition

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LMDE 4 and MINT 19.3 with same HOME partition

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I have been using LinuxMint for several years always with a separate HOME partition. I would like to try duel booting with LMDE 4. Are there any issues with using the same home as 19.3? I am thinking about switching to LMDE but I have about 350 GB in my home that I would like to keep.
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Re: LMDE 4 and MINT 19.3 with same HOME partition

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Could be possible, but also dangerous.

If versions of applications differ from the one OS to the other, reconfiguring can take place.
Sometimes make a switch "back" impossible.

So it is depending a lot on what you have installed, But I would never recomment.
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Re: LMDE 4 and MINT 19.3 with same HOME partition

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Seadreamer wrote:
Fri Mar 27, 2020 2:53 pm
Are there any issues with using the same home as 19.3? I am thinking about switching to LMDE but I have about 350 GB in my home that I would like to keep.
You are able to specify the /home location yourself in a manual/something else installation, but what you want to do isn't so simple.

I run LMDE4 and KDE neon on multiple machines with a partially shared /home structure. In order to avoid a mish-mash of corrupted settings, each OS has its own /home but the Documents directory, and a few other directories below /home are shared on the network. So, to avoid trouble, set up each OS with its own /home, then, if this is on a single machine only, share the directories using soft links.
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Re: LMDE 4 and MINT 19.3 with same HOME partition

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Seadreamer wrote:
Fri Mar 27, 2020 2:53 pm
I am thinking about switching to LMDE but I have about 350 GB in my home that I would like to keep.
A shared data partition would make more sense. For comparison, I use separate home and data partitions (single boot), and the former has something like 1.6 GB in used space at the moment. That's without Thunderbird, but there are ways to work around that if you use it. Anyhoo, a data partition isn't particularly difficult. Main thing is that you have to offload those files while you set it up, but not a big deal if you have backups. As for how-to, this tutorial is very good. Use symlinks, not bind mounts, for sharing the folders.
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