The /home directory or partition contains user-specific configuration files, caches, application data and media files.

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Is the $HOME environment variable always set on a Linux system?

Assuming the machine is running a Linux kernel, sessions make use of the Bash shell and everything is using default configurations (no user has made any changes to config files), can we assume that ...
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Where did this copy of my home directory come from?

I was working on a project to control my digital camera using Ubuntu and gphoto2. At one point I noticed a new "~" directory in my project folder, /home/greg/project/~. When I enter this new "~" ...
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At what point did the /home directory appear?

Originally in Unix, /usr was used for user (home) directories. So if I had a user named alex, my home directory would be /usr/alex. (Interestingly, Plan 9, the successor to Unix, still has user ...
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setting environment variable as a function of another env variable [duplicate]

I would like to set an environment variable (that we'll call "TEST") to store the path to a sub-directory of my home directory : something like /home/myself/dir/. I would like to use the $HOME ...
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Setting up encryption after debian wheezy install

How do you set up encryption on your home dir after the debian wheezy install. I missed the part in the graphical install that sets that up for you. I am using the automatic partition on the whole of ...
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Installing different distro without losing /home

I have a 2 year old laptop with Linux Mint 13 on it. Recently I've been having some problems with it (computer freezing, my settings suddenly disappearing and more) so I've been thinking about ...
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/home/user: change directory failed error

I just installed Arch reading from the Beginners' Guide on the Arch Wiki. Once I rebooted Arch, I logged into root then I added my own personal account: useradd fox then passwd fox and set my password ...
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How to run script when SSSD creates home directory for a new user

I have a network with several RHEL6 workstations and RHEL IdM Server (a.k.a. FreeIPA) as a domain controller. Every LDAP user can log into the every workstation. When the user is logging in for the ...
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Autofs home directories with passwordless logins

I want a setup where a user home directory is mounted on login (autofs). This is working with password based authentication. However, I want passwordless authentication, by generating public keys. ...
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No write access to $HOME directory

While loading the KDE UI Linux boots to kdm, then I get a "bad" sound and black screen. Logs reveal the line in the title. I can ctrl - alt - F4 just fine from there. Tried: chmod 755 on ...
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What makes the files in my home directory appear, when I log in through SSH then run ecryptfs-mount-private?

I'm a bit of a newbie when it comes to using Linux. I've recently installed Ubuntu 12.04 LTS (minimal virtual machine) on a VPS host. I've encrypted the virtual disk and encrypted the home directory ...
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I have a 24 Gb disk and a 1Tb Hard Disk How do I get Ubuntu to install on my 24 GB and my home dir on the 1TB

I used the auto installer for Ubuntu on my 24GB drive my disk space looks like this. kipke@ThePad:~$ df Filesystem 1K-blocks Used Available Use% Mounted on /dev/sda2 16395648 3936132 ...
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What is the difference between lhome and home, and is it causing my SSH key authentication to fail?

I have RHEL running on a system with my account having the root privilege. My home directory is in /lhome/myusername. If I try to add any user their home directory is created in /home/newuser. What ...
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How to copy the home directory in the home directory?

I need to make a copy of my home directory and place that copy in the same home directory. The exit code of the command must be 0. Currently, my home directory does not contain any other directories. ...
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Login when root filesystem is full

Will I be able to login into the system if the root filesystem is 100% full? Configuration: home is not a partition but is also placed on the root (i.e. /home is a directory on the partition holding ...
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ls recursive on home dir only with no flags specfied other than color [closed]

Like the topic says whenever I am in my home directory and run ls it shows me every file in every folder recursively, I cannot find any documentation of why this would happen, I have been looking on ...
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Splitting the Home dir two different partitions

I run a Ubuntu desktop environment with two harddisks. A small SSD and a large regular disk. Currently i run a setup where my home drive is located on /home/name, but some folders e.g. Downloads ...
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Changing username still leaves old traces

I changed my username about a month ago, and although I have forgotten the specificities of how I had done so, I'm pretty sure I followed the instructions on the Arch Wiki. Since then, some programs, ...
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Is it possible to redefine the tilde ('~', home directory)?

Is it possible to redefine the home directory? e.g. to /ext1/acheong instead of /home/acheong, i.e. expanding the ~ to another directory (as opposed to changing the actual home directory where users' ...
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`git remote add` to home dir by `~` expression

I created git bare repository in my home directory like ~/git-repos/foo.git. To add a remote repository I typed like git remote add origin ssh://username@hostname:10022~/git-repo/foo.git. But it ...
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permission on a user I added locally

I added a user to my Mint (Ubuntu) Desktop so that he could ftp files that I can share – I am peter he is john, so we have /home/peter and /home/john. I want to have full permissions on his home ...
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Zorin OS 7 - Home button

What is the name of the command that invokes the home menu? I am using linux zorin os 7 ultimate. The home button (windows button) does not bring up the home menu. It does work, its not broken. I have ...
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Bad to own a directory outside of your home directory?

Some how, can't remember why, I got into the habit of downloading source to the directory /opt, which I chown to my user/group. I have this feeling that it is not a good thing to do. Is there ...
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Move and empty /home partition of Ubuntu

My partitions are: Ubuntu's / on /dev/sda1 Ubuntu's /home on /dev/sda6/ Crunchbang's / on dev/sda7 Now I want to install Backtrack, but for this I need to get rid of Ubuntu's /home and move its ...
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How to source correct startup scripts on interactive, non-login shell

I'm trying to set up a sane/usable environment in a barebones OpenSolaris-derivative (OmniOS, a distribution of Illumos/OpenIndiana). I have all the plumbing code I need in .profile, .inputrc, and ...
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Difference between 'cd' and 'cd ~'

I am wondering, if cd alone sends me to my home folder and cd ~ does the same, why was the ~ added in the first place then? Is it something specific to BASH or would they behave differently in ...
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overriding HOME location

I'd like to override the user's HOME location locally in a script in order to force an application to store/load its settings portably. export HOME=$TMPDIR/Data export XDG_CONFIG_HOME=$TMPDIR/Data ...
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Why is the available space in my $HOME decreasing?

My OS is Ubuntu 12.04. As System Monitor shows, "free" for my $HOME is 1.6GiB, but "Available" is 222.7 MiB and is keeping slowly decreasing from around 750 MiB yesterday. I am not aware that I am ...
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scp to /home changes permissions?

This would be illustrated very nicely with an scheme. When I write "Test: OK" or "Test: FAIL" I am restarting apache server (httpd service). Basically, performing everything as root in the ...
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Invalid cross-device link while Hardlinking in the same file system

I have /home/myuser/Desktop/rc/.netrc file that i want hardlink to /root, ie home directory of root user. When i do: ln /home/user/Destkop/rc/.netrc /root it gives the following error: ln: ...
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Linux multi-user system: Each user's home partition on its own Hard Drive

I've got a pogoplug running Arch Linux that I'm using for a NAS with rsync backing up my data over SSH. Right now, I'm the only one using it, but I'd like to add my roommate as well. She has her own ...
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What type of permissions should a user's home directory and files have?

I'm working with a fresh install of Ubuntu 12.04 and I've just added a new user: useradd -m testuser I thought that the -m flag to create a home directory for users was pretty standard, but now ...
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Thunar trash can works on one fs but not another

Thunar won't delete files from $HOME (see Can't find or create trash while deleting files) but will do so from other file systems on the same machine? ron@haggis:~$ dir .local/share/Trash total ...
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Installing a package locally to a user - best practices?

I want to install Git locally to a user on a RHEL server (I don't have root access) What would be your cleanest/ most organized way of installing software to a local user account? Installing ...
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Convert old /home from ext3 to ext4

I have an old /home partition, that dates back to former linux systems, and it is still in ext3 format. Whereas the rest of my system, / and some other mounted point are devices formated in ext4. I ...
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Where should user configuration files go? [duplicate]

If I look at my home directory there are a large number of dot files. If I am creating a new program that needs a user configuration file, is there any guidance where to put it? I could imagine ...
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Dual-booting Windows 7 and Mint 14 with “something else” option

I would like to do a dual boot of Windows 7 and Mint 14 on my Acer netbook which already has Windows 7 Pro 64-bit installed on an 1 TB hard drive. I have already shrunk the Windows 7 partition to ...
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Users home path in a bash script

I'm writing a bash-script that will be run as a cron job everyday. Very basic, I was wanting to change the wallpaper daily. I have mint-14 with mate. The thing I'm getting caught up on right now ...
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Multiple Linux or Unix Distributions, Same Home Partition or Data?

To avoid conflicts I have always installed multiple Linux and Unix distributions each with it's own home partion or directory, and in the era of 3TB hard drives this is often very practical; I also do ...
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have /home/user/Downloads (and other user folders) on a different partition

I recently got an SSD. I use it to store my / as well as my /home directories (on different partitions). For each user, I would like to have most of their folders on my big RAID-1 with 2 hard drives ...
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How to umount permanently /home

To install Linux Mint, I used two partitions: /dev/sda4 for / and /dev/sda5 the other contains /home. However, the contents of /media/elvis/Home/elvis and /home/elvis are not the same. So, I don't ...
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Modifying $HOME variable on a session startup script: Gnome ignores it?

I'm modifying the $HOME variable on a /etc/profile.d script. This seems to be OK for console sessions. There are some caveats on graphical sessions, though: Gnome won't load my desktop ...
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Should I clean up the home directory prior installing a new distribution?

I'm used to keep all my files in my /home directory after whiping out my root / device and reinstalling distributions. This is pretty handy as all private files and personal settings are kept after ...
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Dealing with Endless Config files in Home Folder

I'm beginning to have a lot of .[program name]rc files in my home folder. I wish i could create a folder to keep them all in, and then get every program to to look there. Is there an easy way to do ...
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/home is Read Only after coming out of screensaver (intermittent)

I am using Linux Mint 13 (Maya) and I have my "/home" partition formatted as ext4 and mounted at "dev/sdc1". Occasionally I have a strange problem coming up that looks a lot like this bug that I ...
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Single-user binary installation location?

I'd like to install a binary for only my user, because I don't have root, and therefore don't have access to /usr/bin. I've tried ~/bin, and it can't find the binary. I'm on Mac OS 10.6.7. Is there ...
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conceal home folder completely - is ecryptfs the right choice?

On my Debian-Testing-System, I want to completely conceal the home folders. That means, I not only want the data to be encrypted, but I also want to preclude determining any (or most) information from ...
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How to copy settings from one machine to another?

I would like to copy my "settings" from my desktop to my laptop. I am running KDE on Arch. I am not sure what to do with ~/.config, ~/.local, and ~/.kde4 since they have subdirectories with names that ...
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Problem accessing /home from different partition

I'm currently using Chakra on /sda1 and Fuduntu on /sda2 (a partition I keep for trying out and playing around with distros), and both systems use /sda3 for each different /home partition (I'll call ...
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Home directory vs Working directory

In unix like systems what is the difference between a home directory and working directory ?