Re: /home partition
The partition (hda2) doen't appear in /etc/fstab --nothing there
shows that there is a separate partition for /home.
If there is no entry in /etc/fstab for a partition is will not be
mounted (unless you use a manual mount command with all the necessary
options). The command
will tell you what partitions you have mounted.
Is it necessary to edit /etc/fstab and manually enter a line
for hda2 to show that it is the /home directory? If so, what should
this entry be?
You should have an entry something like:
/dev/hda2 /home ext2 defaults 0 2
You should check the partition format required (ext2, ext3, etc..) and
might want to look at man mount or man fstab for some background info.
If you are going to add this line, you should first backup your home
directory. Alternatively you could select a different mount point such as:
/dev/hda2 /opt/home ext2 defaults
First you would need to create the directory /opt/home, then mount the
partition and copy all the information from /home to /opt/home. Then
move the home folder to a different name and create a symbolic link to
ln -s /opt/home /home
Be aware that you must do this all as root user, so be careful if you
feel like deleting anything!! You may also want to consider running in
single user mode, init 1.
What's a possible reason why the /home partition didn't 'take' during
the installation process? Is it always necessary to do some
post-installation editing (/etc/fstab ??) after a partition is
selected for a /directory?
There is no reason that the home partition didn't take. Nothing is
usually required post install... probably just an act of dog...