Dual boot sharing home partition

Peter Garrett peter.garrett at optusnet.com.au
Sat Mar 8 14:52:09 UTC 2008

On Sat, 08 Mar 2008 08:41:47 +0000
Graham Watkins <shellycat.gw at ntlworld.com> wrote:

> just got a new computer which I've installed Mandriva on.  I now intend 
> to install Ubuntu as well.  I have the idea of sharing the same home 
> partition between the 2 installations.  Is this easy to do and are there 
> any pitfalls I should bear in mind?

In addition to the answer that Nils gave, if I remember correctly Mandriva
begins numbering users ( UID) at 500, whereas Ubuntu and Debian start from
1000. This might cause problems if your user ID is different on each
system, since of course /home/you will be full of files with ownership for
example 501:501 instead of 1001:1001, and so on.

I have not used Mandrake/Mandriva since about 2003 so my memory on this
point may be wrong, though.


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