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

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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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Unmounted my home dir, how do I remount it? [closed]

I'm very new to linux and am running lubuntu on an old P4 (comp1) and raspian on a raspberry pi (comp2). I was messing around today and mounted the home directory of the comp1 on a directory on comp2. ...
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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 ...
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Is there a standards-specified location for user configuration files?

I'm talking about files like ~/.foo found on a user's home dir. I'm working on a program that reads from such a file, and I'd also like to clean up my user root directory if I can. Is there a ...
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Temporarily use something else as home directory

If it is possible, should be pretty basic, but I am puzzled how to ask Google the right question (or it is impossible). Lets say we have /home/user/ ...conf /home/user/candidate/ ...conf We have ...
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pfSense and Belkin Integration

I am in a unique situation. I want to have my previous Linux box as a router, but I don't have wireless capability on it or even a second ethernet port, so I was wondering if there was a way I could ...
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What privileges do I have (find out within bourne shell script) [closed]

I am hacking away on a remote helper for git. The script is in bourne shell. I wanted to create some temporary directory in the home dir. For some reason I get permission denied. From my shell ...
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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 ...