How to install separate home partition

Colin Law clanlaw at
Sun Apr 29 19:19:12 UTC 2012

On 29 April 2012 19:07, Jim Byrnes <jf_byrnes at> wrote:
> On 04/29/2012 10:53 AM, Colin Law wrote:
>> 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.
>> Colin
> Thanks Colin, I'm starting to reinstall now.  One more question.  After
> installing Unbuntu and it comes time to pick a computer name and user name
> while installing Xumbuntu do I use the same names used on the Ubuntu install
> or does it even make a difference? The first time I used different ones.

I am not sure that it will ask on second one.  If it does then if you
want to use the same user on both (which should be safe I think) then
use the same one.

Did you realise that you can have both on the same install and choose
at logon time which to use?  Install ubuntu then
suso apt-get install xubuntu-desktop
to install the extra stuff for the xubuntu window manager.  At least I
think it is xubuntu-desktop.  Google should confirm that.  Then on the
logon screen click the ubuntu icon by the user name and Lubuntu should
be there aswell as ubuntu.


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