how do i delete my home on root partition?

Rashkae ubuntu at
Fri Dec 16 03:13:58 UTC 2011

On 12/15/2011 09:28 PM, NoOp wrote:
> On 12/15/2011 06:16 PM, Rashkae wrote:
>> On 12/15/2011 05:29 PM, Sushil Mantri wrote:
>>> Hi,
>>> I am using a new disk for my home, but i am not able to reclaim the
>>> space my old home has on the root partition.
>>> Thanks,
>>> Sushil
>> I'm just another random stranger on the Internets, but first thing to
>> say, completely ignore the previous two replies to this query.  (What
>> are people smoking?)
>> The easiest way to do this will be to boot from a Live CD (the Ubuntu
>> Desktop install cd should work fine), use the file manager to find and
>> open your root partition and delete the contents of home from here.
>> (Don't delete the home folder itself,  you still need the /home on the
>> root partition as a mount point.)
> Which is exactly what this does without booting to a liveCD:
> $ sudo rm -R /home/<oldhome>

Somehow, we are reading the question very differently.

To me, it sounds like he added a new disk or partition to his system and 
is now mounting that as /home, wheras it used to be on his root 
partition.  He won't be able to delete the old home (and free up the 
disk space) until /home is unmounted.

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