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

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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 ?
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help installing checkinstall locally

I'm trying to install checkinstall locally in my home directory. Though, in the INSTALL file is only described how to do a system wide installation: Simple enough: make su make install checkinstall ...
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Is it a bad idea to use an SD card for home directory?

I'm planning to make an SD card (or a flash drive) my home directory so as to be able to work on different PCs without much hassle. Is this a bad idea for some reason?
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Copying a directory to multiple users home dir and changing user/group ownership

On my Ubuntu server there are about 150 shell accounts. All usernames begin with the prefix u12.. I have root access and I am trying to copy a directory named "somefiles" to all the home directories. ...
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SSH not landing in the home directory

I have recently installed Raspbian into a Raspberry Pi. As part of the installation process I changed the user name and group from the default (pi) to my own (let's call it user) using usermod and ...
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Home folder structure in Ubuntu 12.04.1?

Long story short, i just accidentally deleted my entire home folder. Thankfully it seems like the hidden files are still there. I'm not sure, but aren't all of the folders within the home folder ...
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Are there pitfalls to putting $HOME in git instead of symlinking dotfiles?

I have for many years had my entire $HOME directory checked into subversion. This has included all my dotfiles and application profiles, many scripts, tools and hacks, my preferred basic home ...
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/home partition

I am facing the following doubt. I installed Arch time ago with a home separate partition. My issue is that I need to reinstall the system and I don't have a backup of my /home. Would a new ...
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Linux and Windows compatible home drive

I want to have a singular home drive for both my Win7 and Arch partitions, so I initially set the partition to NTFS, as so: 5gb / 20gb C: 475gb /home + D: which worked up until I started ...
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Filesystem organization for software in HOME

When installing software in $HOME, how do the linux filesystem hierarchy directories map to subdirectories of $HOME? I am asking this question so that I can write a build system that picks reasonable ...
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configuration ethics (esthetics): /etc vs $HOME

Ok this may not be a very concrete question, and is perhaps subject to taste, yet I'm struggling to get this right so here it goes. I have a computer. This computer has linux on it (thank god). Arch ...
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Stacked filesystems with write-back

I need to setup a system where a laptop and a desktop computers coexist. The idea is, I bring the laptop into the network and the laptop syncs the /home directory( with some exceptions) with the ...
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Setting up a user for sftp acces into a sub directory of another users home directory

An interesting problem. The broader goal is to setup a directory that one of our clients can sftp into (via ssh keys, not user/pass combination) and upload files. This directory will need to be ...
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Bash prompt when my home directory is a symbolic link

I symlinked my /host/Users/Kevin folder to /home/Kevin. I also edit the /etc/passwd file to /home/Kevin. I logged out and logged back in, however when I open up a terminal it's a bash prompt like so: ...
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How are you organizing your $HOME? [closed]

I've always wanted to know more about how people (power users and lambda users) were organizing there $HOME. The trend is currently is using xdg-users-dirs which define a set of most used folders like ...
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~ is $HOME, but sometimes?

This is kind of a trivial and dumb question. cd ~ does the same thing as cd $HOME which is also the same as cd /home/tandu However, cd ~not-tandu changes to /home/not-tandu Is this ...
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Why was '~' chosen to represent the home directory?

I have often wondered why the ~ represents the home directory of a user. Is there a reason behind this, or is it just some infrequently used character?
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Can I use FAT partition for /home?

I'm new to Debian. I've been using Ubuntu for almost 5 years now and I want to switch and use a different distro. I chose Debian. I would like to know if is it possible store the home directory in a ...
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force copying a corrupted home directory

I have a home directory in a disk that has a lot of corrupted files. I am trying to save most files as possible. I am trying to create a backup of my home directory on an external drive using tar ...
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How to clean a home directory to install from scratch a previously installed distro?

I am using linuxmint-10-KDE. I have several partitions that I will reuse. One of them is /home. This /home/nomikos has a lot of gnome related files that I want to delete before install the new ...
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How to add home directory path to be discovered by Unix which command?

I have installed node.js at custom location and added the location to the $PATH in .profile file. Hoons-MacBook-Air:npm Eonil$ node --version v0.6.2 Hoons-MacBook-Air:npm Eonil$ which node ...
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Why do some applications use ~/.config/appname for their config data while others use ~/.appname?

I've noticed that some applications put their configuration files to ~/.config/appname while others use ~/.appname (the classic way, AFAIK) for this. What's the sense in this distinction and what ...
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How to limit the disk space for any user? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Managing disk space on servers I want to limit disk space for any specific user. Actually I need to do this for every user. I am building a Scientific Linux server and I ...
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What exactly is a “home directory”?

When your University sends everyone an e-mail saying "We're sorry! One or more of our disks have failed; thus we've lost 'x' number of home directories on our servers." Is it basically just the root ...
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How to “set” this home network mesh up

I don't know much about networking security other than keeping unused ports closed is good. This is what I'm trying to accomplish: I need to be able to keep my server (the dotted line) with limited ...
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advantages and disadvantages of manually un/mounting drives.

What are the advantages or disadvantages of manually un/mounting internal drives? I've never really bothered un-mounting internal HDDs after mounting them the first time around but would like to know ...
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Disabling (or removing) X from CrunchBang home server

I've just installed crunchbang linux (based on Debian) on some really old hardware (we're talking single cores and DDR memory here) for a simple home server. However, seeing as the hardware sucks ...
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Problem changing the /home directory to another location

I decided to move my /home directory to a separate parition. But, since I am using more than one linux distro, I want to separate the /home directories as follows: /dev/sdax/ubuntu /dev/sdax/debian ...
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Isn't $HOME supposed to be the location of the user's home directory?

I'm having trouble with a web application I'm writing: The web application, which runs as user nobody, needs to launch an inkscape process to manipulate some SVG files. Because this runs as user ...
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Building a home file server using Arch Linux

I want to create a home file server using my old desktop. I plan on using Arch Linux for this as I'm familiar with it. The desktop has 2 hard drives - the old 20gb one & a new 1TB hdd. I plan on ...
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Difference between “/export/home” and “/home”

In our UNIX machine my home path looks like /home/<userid> and we have another batch user whose home looks like /export/home/<userid> I want to know whats the difference between ...
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Can I safely delete ~/Trash file?

My Uni account is over disk quota and requesting more quota takes time. Unfortunately, I need disk space now and I noticed that the Trash file in my home directory is quite a large file. Now I’m a ...
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Automatically mount encrypted home folder on login

I'm looking into encrypting my home folder with Truecrypt, and mounting it after I've logged in, which should be pretty straightforward. However, it occurred to me that it should be theoretically ...