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[opensuse] Re: Re: linux in multiboot
  • From: "Joe(theWordy)Philbrook" <jtwdyp@xxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Thu, 29 Jan 2009 00:20:32 -0500
  • Message-id: <alpine.DEB.2.00.0901282354260.7376@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>

It would appear that on Jan 25, Amedee Van Gasse did say:

Joe(theWordy)Philbrook schreef:

About pitfalls, I'd recommend being real careful about sharing /home
between different distributions. As different distros, and sometimes
different releases of the same distro, often feature different releases
of various applications. Many of which needs to find it's rc files in
$HOME. This matters when an upgraded application from one uses an rc
file that is no longer compatible with the older version of the
application still in the other distro's installation.

So I should make sure that the apps are all the same version in all
distros, or another solution is to make a separate data partition.

If this shared data is all for *_ONE_* user account. Then by using the
same username and more importantly the same user id for all of the
distros, you can mount a private data partition below $HOME say maybe
something like $HOME/mySTUFF.

Then you could for instance move existing document folders to it.
Such as moving ~/Documents to ~/mySTUFF/Documents. Then cd to your
home directory and make a symlink... (in each of the distributions
sharing this data partition. moving any aditional files to it as
needed so that you can rmdir ~/Documents to make room for the symlink
of the same name...)IE:

$ cd
$ ln -s ~/mySTUFF/Documents Documents

Then any application that expects to find your files in ~/Documents
can find the same datafiles (complete with the latest changes) No
mater which distro you used last time...

Of course your mileage may vary...

Good luck!

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