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

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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~ 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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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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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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/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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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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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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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 ...