Originally Posted by Xaero252
You actually don't HAVE to create a second partition for home at all, it can just reside in root ( / ) as a directory its suggested for security reasons (filesystem exploits) to have it on a separate partition but its entirely optional and less of an issue today. From there you can do, for example:
ln -s /media/WinC/Users/username/Documents ~/Documents
This way anything present in your user directory on Windows is present in the same location relatively on Linux and vice-versa. I would heavily recommend against symlinking the entire user directory as Windows doesn't follow strict casing (upper/lower) and NTFS permissions might not play nicely. Plus you would get a lot of cross pollination with hidden configuration directories from Linux&Windows (~/.config and Application Data) what's hidden on one OS wouldn't be on the other. This also prevents accidental deletion of critical system files from the opposite environment.
I believe I mentioned it prior but right now my setup is:
- Windows 7 System Files(C:)
- Arch Linux Partition
- Data Partition (D:, in Windows)
I have moved My Documents, Desktop, Music, Pictures, etc. from under Users, on the C:drive in windows to this Data partition.
I would like to be able to easily access the same Music(Pictures, etc.) folder in arch just as I can in Windows. Should I just symlink each folder in my Data partition individually? Ie. link documents from Data drive to the /home/Documents, link Music to /home/Music, etc.
Oh...now that I re-read what you said xaero I think we are on the same page here. I think that is what I am going to try and do with the symlinking, I still need to mount the data partition somewhere, right? I guess I can put that in /media or something...
Originally Posted by Shrak
I use a second partition for home simply for the ease of use. Want to reinstall your distro or try another one out? Point it towards that home partition and use the same username and you're all set to go with your current configs, themes, bookmarks, etc and have little setting up to do other than downloading your programs
That is an interesting idea that I briefly read across but never really considered. I am not sure how much I plan on using many different linux distros however, if I want to just mess around with certain distros I can always use VMs.Edited by benpack101 - 7/2/13 at 6:03pm