I have to run some Python code on a remote machine which has fairly heavy dependencies. My home directory (.../home/d/my-name) has a very small amount of disk space, so I typically use a different directory (/local/my-name) which has a large disk mounted as my "effective" home directory.

When trying to install dependencies I run out of space in my home directory. As such, I'd like all these dependencies to be stored in the local dir (and am perfectly fine with this being the default for the future). I am using Conda environments and running pip inside of them. I understand that I can tell pip to store things places other than home, but that this can cause issues with software referencing home. As such, I hope to effectively change my home directory to be located in local. Is this possible? I do not have sudo privileges if that is relevant.


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move-and-symlink is the traditional solution to problems like this.

e.g. if you want to move the entire ~/lib/ directory to /local/my-name:

mv ~/lib/ /local/my-name/
ln -sf /local/my-name/lib/ ~/

BTW, while the trailing / on the end of the symlink source /local/my-name/lib/ isn't required, I strongly recommend it - it makes tab-completion work better in bash.

If you have write access to your home directory's parent dir (e.g. with sudo), you can even move your entire home directory to /local. You could also use usermod -m -d to change your home directory in /etc/passwd.

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