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common home folder across different OSs

asked 2012-04-24 20:06:45 -0500

Mohan G gravatar image

updated 2014-09-28 16:01:29 -0500

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Hi

I have Fedora and Ubuntu on my PC and to save space I want to have a separate partition mounted as /home across both fedora and ubuntu. What are the possible issues and what is the safe way to do this.

I know, I can mount the partition as some other random partition, say "data" and use it across both OSs. But, if I do it as /home I can follow the default method to save data i.e., saving on my home folder.

-Mohan

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Don't share /home/user across different OS'. You have plenty of hidden files and folder that might screw up the other OS.

florian gravatar imageflorian ( 2015-03-19 21:30:34 -0500 )edit

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answered 2012-04-25 01:10:08 -0500

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It isn't generally suggested to share /home. This is because the software in different distributions is generally not of the same version, and also may contain distribution specific configurations/patches. When multiple sources are modifying the same user files, they may end up in an inconsistent state, breaking the login. I think you can get away with different users (and therefore different user directories) in the same /home though for your different OSes. That shouldn't cause any conflicts IMO. Please note that I don't do this, so I can't give any guarantees :)

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