Feature suggestions: optionally placing home folder into separate partition during ubuntu install
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Sun Nov 7 14:14:51 UTC 2010
On Sun, Nov 7, 2010 at 1:36 AM, Daniel Gross <daniel.gross at utoronto.ca> wrote:
> 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.
There's a freedesktop standard for that:
I'm not sure if it's exactly what you're looking for, since it also
covers things like the location of cache files and such, but I'm sure
it could be adapted (or just a subset of it taken) for this purpose.
> 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.
>> - --
>> Matthew Paul Thomas
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