Feature suggestions: optionally placing home folder into separate partition during ubuntu install

Daniel Gross daniel.gross at utoronto.ca
Sun Nov 7 05:36:39 UTC 2010

Hello Matthew,

I wonder whether the definition of user data is well understood. Does it
include all configuration data of installed packages? Does it include
data stored in non-standard locations? What about user data stored by
different applications? Do all applications behave and place their data
in hidden home folders?

I guess what i am getting at is that a commitment to preserve user data
needs a clear and visible definition what is and what is not included,
and thus reasonably preserved.



On Thu, 2010-11-04 at 16:24 +0000, Matthew Paul Thomas wrote:
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> Daniel Gross wrote on 28/10/10 01:01:
> >...
> > It would be great if a tool existed that supports moving the home
> > folder from the "boot" partition to a "data" partition. Ideally, the
> > tool would support creating a data partition by resizing the boot
> > partition, as well as recommending a minimum size for the data
> > partition based on the size of the home folder.
> > 
> > Ideally, i think, such a setup could already be suggested during the
> > Ubuntu installation process. Perhaps, under an "advanced setup" heading
> > -- removing the need to move the home partition. 
> > 
> > The main benefit for such a setup, is that it allows reinstalling
> > Ubuntu without loosing the users data, which would be safely sitting
> > in a separate data partition. 
> >...
> That is a common misconception. Reinstalling Ubuntu on the same
> partition doesn't lose the user's data either.
> A problem that is both real and more interesting, is working out why so
> many people have that misconception, and how we can correct it.
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> Matthew Paul Thomas
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