Moving /home

Larry Hartman larryhartman50 at
Thu Feb 22 11:29:53 UTC 2007

Thanx.  I think I understand all of this.  Some questions to vereify my 

So then if hdb1 is already mounted then all I need to do is copy the 
current /home/USR directory to hdb1 and then change path name in kuser to 
reflect the new location?

I don't like to keep user profiles on same device as the OS and application 


On Wednesday 21 February 2007, Derek Broughton wrote:
> Larry Hartman wrote:
> > I like this answer  :-)  .....but more importantly to me, how do I get
> > the home directory moved from its default location on hda1 /home/usrname
> > to another default location, say hdb1 /home/usrname, or any other
> > directory for that matter?
> That's pretty easy.  There are two possibilities - in the first place
> nothing says your home directory has to be in /home.  In fact, many userids
> that exist for daemons are associated with home directories elsewhere.  So
> you can set the directory in kuser.  Of course, that can cause nightmares
> down the road :-)
> So, assuming you want to keep it in /home, but just on a different device,
> mount the new device anyware at all - say /new.  Copy /home/USER/*
> to /new/.  Umount /new.  Remount the new device as /home/USER.:
> sudo mkdir /tmp/new
> sudo mount /dev/hdb1 /tmp/new
> sudo cp -A /home/USER/* /tmp/new/
> sudo umount /tmp/new
> sudo mount /dev/hdb1 /home/USER
> Scott wrote:
> >> Or, from Konqueror, right click the particular folder, select
> >> properties, change the group name, check the 'Apply changes to all
> >> subfolders...' option and click OK.
> Ah, but that was too easy (and not quite as nice as the chown method,
> anyway, as it changes _everything_ not just the ones with the wrong group).
> --
> derek

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