aufs based upgrade tests - what about keeping dotfiles in a separate dir than the home directory?

Vincenzo Ciancia ciancia at
Fri Mar 20 12:41:05 UTC 2009

On 20/03/2009 Lars Wirzenius wrote:
> This seems like a good idea, so I second it, because applications 
> often
> are broken. It might be good to optionally allow /home to be excluded.

or to just make the desktop permanent by letting it be a link to the 
"real" home, and informing the user at login that everything outside the 
desktop will be lost at reboot. Don't know: the ideal solution is that 
the directory where the ".something" files reside not in the home but in 
a subdirectory of it. I noticed this a lot of times in my life. That 
would e.g. make it easy to switch between two configurations on the fly 
by changing a symlink. Probably that is easier than it seems by tricking 
with environment variables and $HOME in particular. Would somebody be 
happy with such a radical change? I mean in general in ubuntu, not only 
in aufs based upgrade tests. If so I may try to work a bit on it.


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