How to install separate home partition

Colin Law clanlaw at
Sun Apr 29 15:53:20 UTC 2012

On 29 April 2012 16:37, Jim Byrnes <jf_byrnes at> wrote:
> I've been reading here about the benefits of a separate home partition.
> Since I wanted to put both Ubuntu 12.04 and Xunbutu 12.04 on my laptop I
> decided to try a separate home partition. I booted from the Ubuntu install
> CD and choose the Other choice from the installation options.
> I googled and found a how to to follow.
> I partitioned as follows:
> Primary - sda1 77GB ext4 mount point / for Ubuntu
> Extended:
> sda6 77GB ext4 mount point /home  for home
> sda7 77GB ext4                    for Xubuntu
> sda  86GB free space
> sda5 4GB swap
> I installed Ubuntu on sda1 and when it was done it did not recognize /home
> as my home partition.  I did some more googling and fixed that. Then I
> installed Xubuntu on sda7 and when I was done it did not recognize /home as
> the home partition.
> Booted from Ubuntu and using the disk utility on sda6 I see /home mounted.
> Booting from Xubuntu sda6 is not mounted. If I mount it it mounts at
> /media/(what looks like a UUID).
> The how to I followed only put Ubuntu, home and swap on the disk. Is there
> something else that needs to be done to add a second OS and share the home
> partition? I want to start all over so could someone tell me what I did
> wrong or point me to a reliable how to that covers my situation.

When you were installing you should have told the first one to use
sda6 with a mount point of /home and to format it.  When installing
the second you should again have said to use sda6 as /home but /not/
to format it.  Then it would have left it as it is.


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