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    sharing /home with 10.04 and 11.10

    will it cause any problems using the same /home directory with ubuntu 10.04LTS and ubuntu 11/.10? I prefer to use the 10.04 LTS until I have to replace it and am trying to get used to the new interface.

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    Re: sharing /home with 10.04 and 11.10

    It will work fine. You can also get by with one swap partition shared between the two systems.

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    Re: sharing /home with 10.04 and 11.10

    thanks for the info. didn't want to mess up my 10.04lts setup!

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    Re: sharing /home with 10.04 and 11.10

    I prefer not to share /home. Software is designed to update to a newer version, so that should work without an issue. But then new settings from the new verisons may not be totally compatible with the old version.

    Actually /home settings are very small so I split /home into /home which I keep inside (root) and copy some or most settings to my new install, but keep the user data in a separate partition which I mount & link into /home in each install.

    I prefer a separate /data partition. Then you can easily share your data without having the conflict of the user settings in hidden files & folders. Works best if all installed systems are Debian based, see UID issues below.

    The actual user settings are small. My /home is 1GB with about 3/4 of that as .wine with Picasa which I have not yet moved to my /data. Because /home is small I now keep it as part of / (root).
    Then I can have a fully functioning system on one drive but have data linked in from other partitions on other drives.

    Data can be shared without the possible conflicts of user settings being different in different versions. I only copy some settings from one install to the next, normally. But I have to separately back up /home and the /data partition. Also saves the error of reformating a /home partition accidentally. I never reformat my /data and just configure / for install.

    Splitting home directory discussion:
    http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=1811198
    http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.p...hlight=%2Fdata
    Shared Data with Different operating systems, different uid and gid issues - Morbius1
    http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=1675381
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    Re: sharing /home with 10.04 and 11.10

    Quote Originally Posted by oldfred View Post
    Software is designed to update to a newer version, so that should work without an issue. But then new settings from the new verisons may not be totally compatible with the old version.
    In such cases, the new version usually has a different name or location for the configuration file.

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    Re: sharing /home with 10.04 and 11.10

    Quote Originally Posted by shwallace View Post
    thanks for the info. didn't want to mess up my 10.04lts setup!
    I have tried and with 8.04LTS and it don't work well, so look at oldfreds reply.

    Thanx oldfred
    Last edited by Azyx; November 14th, 2011 at 02:00 PM.
    /Azyx

    Ubuntu 14.04LTS 64bit, 14.04 Lubuntu 32-bit on eeePCs and OSX on a G4 800MHz iMac (iLamp). I think I have an W7 on one of my Virtualbox machine under 14.04LTS?

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    Re: sharing /home with 10.04 and 11.10

    Quote Originally Posted by Lars Noodén View Post
    In such cases, the new version usually has a different name or location for the configuration file.
    Usually donẗ seems to be very trustworthy. It a bitch to downgrade.
    /Azyx

    Ubuntu 14.04LTS 64bit, 14.04 Lubuntu 32-bit on eeePCs and OSX on a G4 800MHz iMac (iLamp). I think I have an W7 on one of my Virtualbox machine under 14.04LTS?

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    Re: sharing /home with 10.04 and 11.10

    Yeah, I've had apps (Chrome, for instance) refuse to load settings from later versions. And between 10.04 and 11.10, you're probably looking at two incompatible sets of gconf keys in some areas. I'd have 10.04 own /home while the other install merely symlinks to Documents, Pictures, etc. and whichever specific config directories you know you can share between.

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