how do i delete my home on root partition?

Basil Chupin blchupin at
Fri Dec 16 04:07:13 UTC 2011

On 16/12/11 14:52, Sushil Mantri wrote:
> Ofcourse i couldn't delete my home directly, it would have deleted my
> new partition. I changed my fstab to remove the new partition as home,
> and rebooted. So i was back with a home on my root partition. I tried
> what Ric suggested ;) . My /opt didnot have any data. I moved my home
> to opt
> mv /home /opt
> I wasn't sure it would let me move my home folder but it does. so my
> home was in /opt/sushil . I then deleted this folder. Added the entry
> back in fstab
> On Thu, Dec 15, 2011 at 10:24 PM, Basil Chupin<blchupin at>  wrote:
>> On 16/12/11 14:13, Rashkae wrote:
>>> 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.
>> <SIGH :-(>    Kids.....
>> I provided the answer. Why not use it and save all the crap?
>> BC


I give up.....


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