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

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Autofs with remote and local home directories at same folder

I have a NFS server exporting home directories for remote users and the workstations have local and remote users. I want to configure autofs to mount a remote user home directory as a subdirectory of ...
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Mount /home to USB Live Linux

Is it possible to mount the /home folder with all the settings to Linux running as a Live CD from a USB key? Suppose that you have the /home partition on the disk in the laptop and you want to run ...
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Centos 6 FTP problem

I have a VPS running CentOS 6. I've tried multiple FTP servers but the following problem keeps me stuck. I want all users to have FTP access to their own folder in /home, so I configured Pure-FTPd to ...
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Issued chmod 666 * in home directory, permissions problems resulted with all files

I was attempting to give any regular user access to two folders that reside a few branches down in my home folder. I thought I was in the correct directory and typed out sudo chmod 666 *, but ...
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Is it safe to make symbolic links in /root to config files in a a users home directory?

Does symlinking from /root to a configuration file in a users home directory bad practice security-wise? For example I currently have /root/.vimrc symlinked to ~/.vimrc Is it a viable attack to make ...
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What is the .ICEauthority file? Do I need to keep it?

I found the file .ICEAuthority in my home directory. http://askubuntu.com/questions/439455/what-is-the-role-of-the-iceauthority-file/439458 explains what it is, but not in a very friendly way. So, ...
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Debian : changing home directory in triple boot setup

I have a triple-boot system with Windows 10, Debian and Ubuntu. At first I had only Windows 10 and Ubuntu. Then I installed Debian and I used the same home folder for both Debian and Ubuntu. It was ...
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Minimum file permissions to rename file

I put a 64-bit ELF file in my unprivileged user's home directory. I wonder which permissions do I need to have only possiblity to rename this file being logged in as unprivileged user. From what I ...
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Accidentall CHMOD 755 -R in home user

I was installing LAMP and I accidentally "chmoded" with -R my hole home user folder.... (sudo chmod 755 /home/user -R) but now my desktop themes won't load... I'm Using the Mate version of Debian ...
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Who is creating Documents/Video/Pictures/etc. in home directory

I had Ubuntu-14.04 installed in a minimum configuration, i.e. with no X Windows support. Later I added x-server packages for my card, and a lightweight WindowManager (I don't want KDE or GNOME), so I ...
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How to change to home directory without using only “cd”

I am doing an assignment that requires me to change in to my home directory from my currenty directory which is ~/sample_dir1/sample_dir/cambridge. It asks me to change to my home directory using a ...
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Terminal has changed its default folder to start at

By default, every Linux distributions' Terminal I have used so far starts at /home/[username]. For some reason, without noticing, the default folder is now at root in Sabayon. How do I change the ...
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How to change the Home directory of the currently logged In user

I am currently logged in into a CentOS server and I would like to change my home directory from /home/myuserName/ to /var/www/html/ I tried the below command : > sudo usermod -d /var/www/html ...
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Installing files in ~/.local

When installing software compiled from source, I normally place them in /usr/local/, which is by far the most common default in my experience, and standard practice at least on Debian and its ...
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How to move hidden config files to sub folder in the home directory

I know we can config file explorer to hide hidden files, but in the open dialogue box of some program, it is not an option. I am just tired of scrolling through hidden folder and files in my home ...
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Symlink to clean up home directory

I'm currently trying to clean up my Mac. I hate it when my home directory (~) is full with config files and stuff I don't want to see all the time (.bash_history, .bash_sessions, etc.). My idea about ...
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Are configuration files which are desirable to keep when reinstalling normally kept in /home?

It is my understanding that on a desktop/laptop for normal, personal use (not servers or for other specialized tasks), one of the primary benefits of having /home on its own partition is keeping the ...
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Fate of home folder after reallocation to other partition

Yesterday I moved my home directory from the root partition to another partition following the steps here. Basically copied all files to the new partition and added a new fstab entry with the ...
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changing $HOME directory name

I'm Using Arch Linux + Xfce4 (Edit: running as VBox OS guest) and I wanted to change a username and it's home directory accordingly. I followed these steps as root: 1.Renamed the home directory # mv ...
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Why was '~' chosen to represent the home directory?

I have often wondered why the ~ (tilde) 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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Mint - Can't login “your home directory…” error

I've recently installed Mint Linux, and when I try to login in the GUI it gives the following error message your home directory is listed as /home/username but does not appear to exist Then ...
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Root home is not /root on my debian?

When I use su to get root, and then I cd ~ I am not on the /root, when I ls it shows me a Desktop file and some hidden files like .bashrc, but nothing else. root@debian:~# ls -a . .. .adobe ...
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Which FHS dirs can I outsource and how?

At the moment I have a computer w/ Ubuntu on a HDD with everything on one partition. I'd like to add a SSD and move / to it, outsourcing /boot to a separate partition (on the SSD, too) and leave /home ...
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To secure my data, is it good to have separate data partition (along with separate home partition)

I am installing fresh Ubuntu 15.10 on my laptop after erasing my hard disk completely. Now, what I am interested to know is whether it is good to have a separate data partition along with separate ...
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Home folder list from /etc/passwd, does not match what is in /home

I was looking at the list of created users in /etc/passwd. There are about 10 users, who show up like this in the list in /etc/passwd: user1:x:500:500::/home/user1:bin/bash ...
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What is .gnupg directory in the home directory?

I found a strange directory in my home directory on Linux Mint 17.2 Cinnamon (though I'm pretty confident it's on all Linux distros) called .gnupg. It has no access given to ANYONE other than root. So ...
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How can I clean my /home directory from all dotfiles which are no longer needed? [duplicate]

I really don't want to go through every single folder one by one to check if I still need them or not. For most folders in there I don't even have a clue which application ever created them in the ...
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Where should I install packages built from source as a non-root user?

I'm building several (> 10) packages as a non-root user from source, and want to install them (for the sake of this question, choose the --prefix= value). Two obvious options are: Use my home ...
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What is single user equivalent for /opt?

I'm creating the installer for my application. The app comes with specific versions of some popular libraries and binaries (Tcl/Tk and Python), so I can't install it to standard locations. If the app ...
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Keep home folder from OpenSuse 12 to Leap

I currently run OpenSuse 12.3 (Dartmouth) and since it is no longer supported I would like to perform a clean install for latest OpenSuse Leap and keep my existing files inside home folder. I have a ...
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How do I write a script to count the total number of files, and directories in my home directory then display it?

Question is in the title been trying to do this. I want to do it with a for loop. This is what I've come up with so far which does not work. for home in /home/ {.,/}*; do echo "$home"; done I would ...
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Apache, can't link to Home directory, Alias does not work

I am trying to make a folder in which I can build websites (using php). I have switched from a Windows system where I was using Uniserver (http://www.uniformserver.com/) which is a setup with MySQL, ...
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Choosing File Format of /home between NTFS and Ext4, Understanding Trade Offs in Performance vs Data sharing with WinXP in Dual boot [closed]

I have Win Xp on first Primary Partition. I am leaving another 2 primaries for a future possible Win install. I am planning my Logical partitions to install a Linux Mint. I read that a separate ...
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What is /.pulse folder purpose

I run into folder called /.pulse and it contains symbolic links to /tmp/pulse-* folders. So I'm really wondering what are those for. Do anyone have any idea what is their purpose ? Thanks in advance. ...
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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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How can I create an account with a copy of the same home folder?

I have a 'user1' account with the home folder set up. I'd like to create a 'user2' account with a copy of the same home folder setup. Is it possible to do this?
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Clean $HOME directory

During a few years, in my $HOME directory a lot of hidden files and directories appeared. I would like to continually delete the unneeded ones. How can I find out which applications created those ...
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Symbolic link not allowed or link target not accessible: /home

I cannot access http://localhost/~user. The error message is: Symbolic link not allowed or link target not accessible: /home I do not have a /home. In my case it's: /RAID/home/*/public_html I ...
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How do you access the contents of a previous mount after switching to a different the partition?

I installed an additional Linux installation into a separate partition set the /home directory into that partition as well and afterwards I modified /etc/fstab to point to the old partition. How can ...
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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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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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Using ~ in symlink target or making a symlink with a variable

I would like to create a symlink to ~/foo/ but when I write that, ~ is always resolved to the absolute home path. I've used ../s in the past and they work fine, is ~ not allowed? The reason I'd like ...
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how to prevent a user from changing his home directory permissions?

If user smith's home directory has the following permissions: $ ls -l /home/staff drwxr-x--- 51 smith staff 4096 Sep 18 09:08 smith/ is it possible, somehow, to prevent him to change his ...
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pushd home dir, and not have it use tilde?

Using the pushd command in your home directory give you ~, but when I try to access it with cd $(dir +1), it gives an error cd: ~: No such file or directory, after some research, (please correct me if ...
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Lock a user with his home folder

Is there any way of making a user only able to see and modificate his home folder? I am currently on arch linux. Just explaining a little better, the user would not be able to see /etc or any other ...
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Is there any standard on the permissions for system directories?

The /root directory on CentOS 6 has permissions 0550 but on Debian 7 it is 0700. The Filesystem Hierarchy Standard (FHS) tells about directory organization but remains silent about permissions. Do ...
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Merge two different /home folders together with same user accounts, keeping newest files

This is a little bit tough. In order to reinstall/upgrade a Linux OS, and both keep the /home folder and contents, reformat the target partition, install the new OS, and merge the /home folder and ...
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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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Use existing encrypted directory as home directory

In the past, I installed Ubuntu 12.04 with /dev/sda4 mounted as /home. I encrypted my home directory. Today, I erased all the partitions except /dev/sda4 and I installed Xubuntu 14.04 on a new ...
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Is there a way to get Arch to run fully after deleting the home partition?

I tried dual booting Kali Linux on an existing Arch Linux and I may have formatted the home partition for Arch in the process. So I was wondering is there any way at all that I can get Arch to run ...