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

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After changing user directory name system stuck at boot [on hold]

I recently bought a new desktop with Ubuntu 14.04 on it. It came with username "user". So I wanted to change the username as well as the name of my home directory. So I followed the instructions on ...
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What are .serverauth.##### files in my home directory?

The files are .serverauth.##### where ##### is a 5-digit number. I have a handful of these files in my home directory with a broad range of creation dates spanning a couple of years. What are these ...
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Installing Linux mint on a computer running ElementaryOS [duplicate]

I would like to add linuxmint to my laptop running ElementaryOS. I was wondering what was the best way to partition my HDD: Shall I use a common partition for the /home folder or use two different? ...
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Map Home to External Drive

Whereas I have my OS (in this case, Elementary OS Freya) installed on my non-partitioned internal hard drive, I have an external hard drive with /Documents, /Downloads, /Movies etc. where I store all ...
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How can I decrypt my encrypted /home partition?

A year ago I installed Linux Mint 17 on my laptop. I partitioned the HDD and separated the system (/ mount point) and the data (/home mount point). I chose to encrypt the whole /home using the basic ...
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Content of root's home directory in OSX

What is stored in root's home directory on OSX? What happens if you delete it on accident? Heres whats in my current root home folder. OSX:~ root# ls -lash total 8 0 drwxr-x--- 5 root wheel ...
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sudo with original profile

I need to launch an app with root privileges, but the app requires access to the original user's profile....so just using sudo to start the app results in the app starting incorrectly. How can I ...
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Where should an app save working files?

I'm designing a GUI application that works with scanned documents. It allows the scans to be manipulated before they are saved/exported, so it needs to store the data for each scanned page ...
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How to keep a redundant home directory for offline use?

Scenario: My home dir is on NFS, identities are in LDAP and authorization is via Kerberos. My NFS, LDAP and Kerberos servers are all VMs -- I'm stretching a little hardware a long way at home. Life ...
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SSH public keys not working; my home directory is encrypted

I installed Ubuntu LTS 14.04 server edition on a remote computer, and added my local public key to ~/.ssh/authorized_keys on the remote computer. I found that I still needed to use password to log in ...
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Dual Boot Install Question

I have Windows 7 and am going to reformat/reinstall, but want to try a dual boot configuration with Linux mint. If I install Windows creating 3 partitions: one for Windows, one for Linux, and one for ...
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Strange firefox bugs following migration of home areas to NAS drive

We run a small linux cluster of 20 hosts running rhel(5and6). Each host has a native user nm with the home area mounted on the machine /export/home/nm. We use NIS/NFS for individual user accounts. ...
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Change default user configuration file location

If possible, how can I change the default location the system looks to for files such as: .bashrc .bash_history .bash_profile .cshrc .hushlogin .tcshrc I run Plesk and the default user home ...
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Different ssh login directory from user home

So, I'm working on a remote server via ssh that I log in and out of dozens of times a day, and I'd like to have bash cd to a default directory I've chosen as soon as I login, but I don't actually want ...
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install with BTRFS: subvolume/partition scheme?

I'm fairly new to both GNU/Linux and btrfs, but I've decided I want to make my next computer (a desktop with one HDD) use Linux with btrfs as the filesystem. However, I've seen some advice online that ...
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change location of $HOME/.Xauthority

Is it possible to change the location for .Xauthority, to something other than $HOME/.Xauthority ? AFAIU, this file is being created every time I log into LXDE, by my login manager slim. The problem ...
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Is my home folder encrypted?

Is there a way to check if my home folder is encrypted? I believe I checked this option during the installation, but now I'm not sure.
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Approaches to prevent user from deleting home folder

I think prevent home folder from deleting is a very good idea. So I search possible approaches to do that. I that's what I’m find: Use chattr +i /home/user - even root can't can add/delete/rename ...
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Right way of creating a local filesystem hierarchy within /home [duplicate]

I am an user with no superuser rights. I normally build and install the tools I need within my /home/<user> directory, and then create aliases to be able to run my programs. However, this is ...
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Ubuntu user disappeared from machine

Unsolved mystery - I was given a coworker's Ubuntu 12.04.1 LTS machine and set up my own (sudo/admin) user on there from the command line. I switched to my user (from his sudo/admin user) and ...
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how to make gnome use my home folder as Desktop folder?

Environment: Debian 7, gnome-shell. I dislike having a Desktop folder and a Home folder. I like all the applications to use my home folder. Specifically I am concerned about nautilus and ...
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Can we add home partition by adding an additional hard disk?

I have installed CentOS 6 and I have configured it as a mail server. All user data is stored in the /home directory now, but it is running out of space. By adding extra hard drive can I increase the ...
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Automount Samba directory as /home/$user

I'm working with a group, trying to set up persistent data on several thin clients for our Linux lab. For security and maintenance reasons, we want to be able to flash a clean snapshot of Arch Linux ...
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Root /home Directory vs ~ (tilde)

I have created a virtual image for Scientific Linux and came across this after I finished installing it: [root@ftpserver home]# pwd /home [root]@ftpserver home]# ls When I cd into ~ I get this: ...
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Is /home a subdirectory of /?

In my Ubuntu 12.04, /home and / are different partitions. But why does /home look like a subdirectory of /? Is it because it is a hard link: Are there five hard links which link to the same dir as ...
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Re-partitioning /home partition in CentOS

I have a CentOS 7 system with a /home partition that is too large. I wish to reduce its size but it's XFS so that's pretty much impossible. Since I don't have much user data anyway (only 1 user ...
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How do programs detect home directory (other than $HOME) [duplicate]

I work at an organisation where the fileserver containing /home sometimes fails to start in the morning. I can still log in on the console but get an error message something like $HOME not available, ...
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Shared home directories with local duplication

I have a couple Linux computers which are all in the same network. Currently, I use rsync to copy my dotfiles and the like to each machine every couple of days from the master computer. Ideally, I ...
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Can I delete my home partition and create a new(larger) partition with the same files without issue?

I installed arch linux and figured I might want to have another distro or 5, so I left over half my hard drive space unallocated. Due to the fact that I wouldn't know how to add another distro to my ...
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How much space for /home on a hadoop cluster? [closed]

What is a reasonable size to provide for a /home partition for 100 users on a hadoop cluster? Assume that a landing zone has been provided to store files/data for ingestion into the cluster, so the ...
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Mounted a USB to /home and lost all the sub-directory's

I have been searching for a about a hour but I can't find a answer if someone knows another thread that will help I would gladly look through it. So what happened is I am learning about how to mount ...
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Bash script for scp interpreting tilde (~) too soon

So, I just started a new C++ class that requires me to program in a Linux environment. I don't have Linux installed on my machine, but I do have OS X and I can ssh into a linux machine in the lab at ...
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Is there any issue to put / as a home directory of root user from security point of view?

Is there any issue to put / as a home directory of root user from security point of view instead of /root
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efficient rc file syncing or replication

Recently I've been experimenting with KVM and virtual machines. I'm lazy and tired of manually copying/syncing my .rc files. Some Googling didn't immediately turn up any tools. Are there any CLI tools ...
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Home folder with Windows + Mint dual boot

I am dual-booting Linux Mint 17 Cinnamon 64-bit and Windows 8.1 64-bit. Since I use both OSes to work with the same files, I am thinking what would be the best approach to read and write files using ...
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Can I safely delete old directories in my home directory?

I have several hidden directories in my home directory of which I don't know if I need them any more. How do I know if I can safely delete them? For instance, next to the directory .gimp-2.8 there is ...
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Default files in home dir for each user

I'm using ubuntu server 14.04. I want to add some files and folders by default in each user's home directory, whenever a user account is created.
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How to disable local file writes?

I maintain a shared public computer. Every user has their own directory in /home. We don't like to make /home a network mount because it takes a long time for new users to login, but we would like to ...
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Does ~ always equal $HOME

I know this has probably been asked before, but I couldn't find it with Google. Given Linux Kernel No configurations that change $HOME bash Will ~ == $HOME be true?
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Tilde (~) inside working unix directory

So, Im working in a UNIX environment and I noticed that inside my working directory, which is miles miles away from my UNIX home, there is a ~. Now, once in the past, I did rm -rf ~ from my working ...
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How can I create files in my home directory without root?

I created a user, then using root I created a folder for him. The folder has the same name as the user. When I am logged in as the user, I cannot create files or edit existing ones without using ...
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How can I create a new user but with a home directory that already exists?

Let's say I have a user called panos and he has his home directory located at /home/panos. Then, I create a another user called Tom: adduser Tom It creates a user Tom who has home dir: /home/Tom ...
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Mount /home to USB Live Linux

do you think that it would be possible to somehow mount /home folder with all the settings to Linux that runs as Live CD from USB key? Imagine that you have /home partition on the disk in the laptop ...
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Why aren't crontabs stored in user home directories?

I'm curious to know: why are crontabs stored in /var rather than in the user's home directories? It makes it a total pain to isolate these files for upgrades but I suspect that there is a logical ...
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Can the /home folder in Linux contain anything else but user folders?

Can the /home folder contain anything else but user folders? I have a folder I want to share between Windows and Arch - can it go in the home folder under a name not belonging to any existing user? ...
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What code should I use to download and install my script into a user-writable directory in the user's PATH (without requiring sudo)?

Edit: places where I said $HOME/.bin I should have written $HOME/bin or any equivalent is fine. I.E, any user-writable directory that is in the user's PATH. So I have a bash script which I am ...
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Home Directories and pam.d using LDAP

Background: I'm not too familiar with the ins and outs of pam and LDAP authentication on a configuration side. I've used systems that use pam but I've only worked on applications, not systems ...
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OpenELEC, non-root user, home directory, SSH

I'm running OpenELEC on Raspberry Pi As you know, directory /storage is a shared home folder between user root and user openelec This makes a problem when you want to setup ssh key authentication for ...
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umount /home does not work

I trying to merge my separate /home partition with my / partition in linux mint 13. I was told to umount /home, mount it on a different location and copy the contents to the /home directory on the / ...
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Is is safe to share /home between Ubuntu and Fedora?

I already read this thread, so please don't mark me as a duplicate of it. That asks how. I want to know how safe it is. I currently have Fedora 20 with GNOME 3.8. I've already messed up its ...