[xubuntu-users] Home disappeared after upgrade

Andrew Kane googoleyes at gmail.com
Mon Jun 2 16:14:10 UTC 2008

First (if you haven't already) you will need to verify that your
partition and home directory are actually there:
Boot the machine into recovery mode if possible or use a Desktop cd
(not the alternate install cd) and browse /home. If your directory is
not there (i.e., the designated partition not being mounted at /home)
it should show up in /media.
Oops- re-reading your post I see you've already done this.
sudo chown mg /home/mg
sudo chmod u+rwx /home/mg
should fix it. I had a similar problem with a reinstall- I stupidly
used the same username but the system couldn't use the existing home
directory as the UIDs didn't match.

Hope this helps.

On Mon, Jun 2, 2008 at 8:34 AM, Martin Gross <m-gross at gmx.net> wrote:
> Dear Helpers
> my home directory is no more accessible after an unsuccessful upgrade
> from Xubuntu 7.10 to 8.04.  A message window says: "your home
> directory is listed as /home/mg, but it does not appear to exit".
> Next, the system hangs.
> Since I have not access to Internet, I tried to upgrade using the
> alternate CD through Applications/System/Upgrade Manager.  I put the
> alternate CD in the drive and the installation process started, but
> stopped when I was requested to introduce the Xubuntu 7.10
> alternate-CD to get the
> /pool/main/o/openoffice-hyphenation/openoffice-hyphenation_0.2_all.deb
> file.  I followed the instructions, but apparently this file is
> damaged on my CD.  After that nothing worked any more.  Unfortunately
> I had to turn off the computer, and as I turned it on again, I had no
> home.
> In my hard disk I put an extra Partition for home and am afraid it is
> not being mounted.
> Running the Xubuntu 7.10 live CD I can see that the owner of my home
> files is 1000!, and not mg as before (me) nor even root.
> Does anybody know how to repair this?  I would not like to erase the
> existing partitions for a new installation.
> Thank you very much in advance!
> Martin
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