Re: [OT?] home partition vs. home directory
- Date: Fri, 30 Nov 2018 20:15:06 -0600
- From: David Wright <deblis@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
- Subject: Re: [OT?] home partition vs. home directory
On Fri 30 Nov 2018 at 12:23:11 (-0500), Roberto C. Sánchez wrote:
> On Fri, Nov 30, 2018 at 12:14:40PM -0500, Default User wrote:
> > I often see people recommend a separate home partition.
> > But why would (or not) that be better than just a home directory within
> > the root directory?
> > Wouldn't one less partition be simpler, and therefore (all other things
> > being equal) better?
> > Opinions, please.
> The main reasons for a separate home partition are to share it between
> multiple installations in a multi-boot scenario and/or to allow for easy
> re-installation of the OS while preserving everything under /home.
I would agree with that; all my systems are multiboot for periods of
time (after new Debian releases), usually with consecutive releases,
as I flip back and forth between two root filesystems.
But another reason for a separate home partition is that I encrypt it
in case the computer is lost or stolen. I don't feel that the methods
available for encrypting the entire system are routine enough to
bother with presently.