Multiple Distros - One /home

Colin Law clanlaw at
Fri Nov 6 15:41:30 UTC 2009

2009/11/6 Cristopher Thomas <crisnoh at>:
> How much trouble would I be making for myself if I attempted to have a
> shared /home partition for a dual boot of two separate distros?  Is this
> even possible?

I did this for the upgrade 8.10 to 9.04 so that I could fall back to
8.10 if any problems.   It worked ok for the limited time I needed it
(whilst confirming 9.04 was ok and installing apps etc).  There can be
problems with settings if the two distros have different versions of
an app so make sure /home is fully backed up (including hidden
folders).  Running a later version of an app may modify the settings
so an earlier version is not happy, though it should not do this.

> Separate question:  is there documentation available that would tell me how
> to go about moving my current /home to a separate partition?

Google found several examples of how to do this for me.  Have a look
at several before starting as there are a number of ways of doing it,
and make sure you understand what is being done so you can get out if
there are problems.  Also make sure everything is backed up of course
(and check the backup is definitely ok).


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