Moving the /Home Partition, Permission Issues.

Aart Koelewijn aart at
Thu Apr 29 10:21:16 UTC 2010

On Wed, 28 Apr 2010 14:49:44 -0500, Tuxman wrote:

> Aart Koelewijn wrote:
>> On Wed, 28 Apr 2010 13:29:09 -0500, Tuxman wrote:
>>> I'm getting ready to install 10.4 (8.04 currently), and I need to
>>> rearrange some partitions in preparation.
>>> I need to move my /Home partition out of the way temporarily and the
>>> only place I have to move it to is an NTFS drive that can't be
>>> changed. I can handle all of the repartitioning with GParted without a
>>> problem, but I'm weak when it comes to Linux file/folder permission
>>> issues.
>>> Are there issues here? How do I do this safely? If you can point me to
>>> a guide, that would be great. The more cookbookish the better.
>>> Thanks
>> Make a *.tgz file of it. When you have your new /home partition you can
>> move the *.tgz file there and extract it. That will keep the
>> permissions as long as you make sure the users keep the same uid.
>> Aart
> User ID is something I hadn't thought about or seen any reference to.
> Thanks for bringing it up.
> If this is a complete new install, is choosing the same user name
> sufficient?

It depends on the order in which you make your users
root is always user 0
the first user you make when you install (who will have sudo permissions) 
will be user 1000, the second 1001 and so on. Permissions of files are 
saved as the uid, not with names. So user 1000 on the new system will own 
the files user 1000 had on the old system. The name of user 1000 on the 
new system can differ from the name of user 1000 on the old system.


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