[ubuntu-za] Duplicate Home Directory

Hilton Gibson hilton.gibson at gmail.com
Mon Mar 15 13:58:18 GMT 2010

Hi Ian

First see: http://www.ubuntu.sun.ac.za/wiki/index.php/HomePartition
To see which one is active try the following:
1. echo $HOME in a terminal, take note of the location.
2. cat /etc/passwd | grep $USER in a terminal, take note of the location
3. ls -l /home in a terminal
4. sudo fdisk -l in a terminal, take note of the disks and partitions
5. mount in a terminal, take note of how the partitions are mounted.

Hopefully something from the above info will tell you whats wrong.



On 15 March 2010 15:30, Ian Whitfield <whitfield at federalsaints.net> wrote:
> *Hi All*
> I seem to have duplicate Home Directories on my work machine!!??
> When I set up Kubuntu 9.04 - seen as I have two Hard Drives in the
> computer I set my Home Directory to the second drive.
> When I installed 9.10 I pointed the Home Directory to be on this second
> drive also but it seems as if I now have TWO Homes. The problem is that
> Dolphin only sees the new one so I can't combine them. Other programs
> see the older Home - for example I just Saved two photos attached to an
> eMail in Thunderbird and they are there but Dolphin does not find them.
> So - how do I fix this? (I wondered where some of my files had gone!!!)
> Is there a case clash ie is 'home', 'HOME' and 'Home"' treated the same?
> With the upcoming 10.04 I want to keep all my Data on the second drive
> and do a fresh full install on the primary drive so what is the correct
> procedure?
> Thanks in advance
> Ian Whitfield
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