reinstalling ubuntu 12.10

Phill Whiteside phillw at
Mon Apr 8 20:15:38 UTC 2013

And as I said,

each to their own. There is no requirement to have /home on its' own
partition, this is a lesson learned by the avarage 'home' user when their
system has a power-outrage during an upgrade. (Yes, you are right... 1)
They never do actually take a backup and 2) having /home on a seperate
partition is no replacement for such a backup..... But, you stand a darn
sight better chance of rescuing your /home data if it is simply because you
can use a LiveCD to mount up /home on its own even if your attempt to
re-format the / partition went horribly wrong... home users are also those
who read articles and go .... "ooh, I'll change from ext 3 --> ext 4", or
now.... "ooh. I'll change from ext4 to btrfs" :D). I've obviously been too
long on support :) "You do have, of course, have a back up of your /home
area; don't you?"...... At least a seperate partition offers some hope,
rather than none. Just as when they come on to support stating they need to
enter their passphrase as they have encypted their /home and never actually
wrote it down anywhere... Which is also unsolvable :)



On 8 April 2013 21:03, Ioannis Vranos <ioannis.vranos at> wrote:

> Correction:
> On Mon, Apr 8, 2013 at 11:02 PM, Ioannis Vranos
> <ioannis.vranos at> wrote:
> > Yes, keeping the settings (especially of many users), during upgrades,
> > is a reason for a separate /home partition.
> Multiuser production systems also need a separate ==> /tmp partition, etc.
> > This is why I said "for some specific reason".
> >
> >
> > Usually, home users do not need separate partitions.

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