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

李白|字一日 calidion at gmail.com
Thu Oct 28 02:02:15 UTC 2010


2010/10/28 Daniel Gross <daniel.gross at utoronto.ca>

> Hello,
> I have finally taken the plunge and installed the latest Ubuntu instead
> of Windows XP (while still running Windows xp in a VM).
> 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.
> Also, during (re)installation, Ubuntu could recognize the existence of a
> data partition that includes a home folder, and suggest configuring
> itself accordingly.
> Taking this idea a step further, perhaps its possible to also preserve
> the packages that were installed, so that these remain intact in the
> data partition also. Perhaps a better name for the data partition could
> be "User" partition, which includes all user configured, tailored,
> created data. As opposed to the System partition which includes the base
> OS only, and that can be reinstalled at will.
> thanks,
> Daniel
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