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Re: [OT?] home partition vs. home directory

On Fri, Nov 30, 2018 at 02:14:09PM -0500, Felix Miata wrote:
Michael Stone composed on 2018-11-30 13:58 (UTC-0500):

On Fri, Nov 30, 2018 at 05:23:09PM +0000, Michael Thompson wrote:

Because if your root partition fails, you can reinstall and all your files are safe on their own partition...

...leaving open the question of how likely that scenario is.

For hard failure, true, but there also exists soft failure, of multiple forms and causes,
particularly among those who would pose the original question, more particularly eagerly testing
the robustness of the installation.

Wow, that was an unnecessarily long and oblique way to say sometimes people screw up. To which I'll counter that the ways people can screw up that kill one partition and not the rest of the system are so limited and unlikely that it's not worth the trouble. Far more likely is that either rm -rf kills everything, or a disk fails. Instead of worrying about partitioning schemes that mitigate exotic failure modes, time is generally better spent figuring out how to handle backups.