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Storing "real" user data: was: Re: Update: Re: Password Manager opinions and recommendations




On Friday, March 30, 2018 09:57:02 AM rhkramer@xxxxxxxxx wrote:
> Anyway, these days, I store all my "real user data" in directories other
> than ~, these include directories like /<user>01, /<user>02, (e.g.,
> /bob01, /bob02, /back01, back02), and I have no fear / reluctance to
> create other such top level directories when I feel a need to.  (On the
> other hand, most of my real user data is under directories like (e.g.,)
> /bob01, e.g., /bob01/photos, /bob01/documents, ...
> 
> The one thing I still don't like is that the "user configuration data" is
> stored as hidden files in ~.  I configure any file manager or similar
> software that I use to show hidden files.

Just one (or two) additional thoughts:

   * I can somewhat understand the use of /home for both types of data back in 
the days when a *nix system had many users--having all of the personalized 
data under one directory (/home) made many tasks easier for the admins (e.g., 
they only had to backup one directory to preserve all user data.

   * with that in mind, some of my proposals to various people (including the 
FHS) included things like creating a new directory, then keeping one named 
/home and naming the new one either something like /data (for real user data, 
and keeping the configuation data in /home, or vice versa--keeping the real 
user data in /home and creating a new top level directory named maybe 
something like /config for user configuration data.