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Re: [OT?] home partition vs. home directory

On 11/30/18 8:45 PM, rhkramer@gmail.com wrote:
On Friday, November 30, 2018 08:32:23 PM Ric Moore wrote:
On 11/30/18 3:47 PM, Cindy-Sue Causey wrote:
Having lately been successfully "mount -B" ing my
/var/cache/apt/archives hoard, I can now easily see having those
(~/Documents, ~/Downloads, et al) each remaining as their own separate
directories on a secondary partition. Fstab would then be asked to
step-by-step put each of them to work as a singular entry connected up
at each reboot...

Cindy, I advocate using /opt for that very reason. I leave /home/user
alone. I create /opt/user directory and fill it with the usual
/home/user directories, such as Documents, Downloads, Music, Videos and
the like. Those directories contain ther actual files and are safe if
root partition gets clobbered or the OS becomes too wonky from
installing all the things. CLEAN re-install also cleans screwed up
config files in the home dot-files/directories, that you really do not
want to keep. . I've done this since the Caldera (pre-RedHAT IPO) era.
"Nary a burp in the barrel." as they used to say in Popular Electronics.

Why bother with /opt -- iirc, /opt is for optional software, not user data.

I simply create a top level directory (often using my initials, e.g. /abc for
my user data  (~/Documents, ~/Downloads, et al -- i.e., /abc/Documents, ...).

/opt may get filled with stuff that I don't want to treat as (my) user data.

True true, but you may select the /opt partition from the install menu and not re-format it. Once you boot into your fresh install, /opt is correctly mounted and by making the necessary links from /home/user to /opt/user you have a fully repopulated home directory. I also have .mozilla and .thunderbird down there for safe keeping as well. A fresh re-install is very painless. Been doing this successfully for almost 20 years. Ric

My father, Victor Moore (Vic) used to say:
"There are two Great Sins in the world...
..the Sin of Ignorance, and the Sin of Stupidity.
Only the former may be overcome." R.I.P. Dad.

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