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




On Sat 01 Dec 2018 at 10:02:29 (-0500), rhkramer@xxxxxxxxx wrote:
> On Friday, November 30, 2018 07:26:33 PM Gene Heskett wrote:
> > On Friday 30 November 2018 13:58:52 Michael Stone wrote:
> > > 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.
> > 
> > Not bloody likely Michael, if the disk is toast, so are all its
> > partitions as a general rule. If you are going to put you /home on a
> > separate partition, put it on a different disk.
> > 
> > Unfortunately that has NOT been acceptable to the installer for most of a
> > decade now.
> 
> Hmm, it hasn't been 10 years since I installed Jessie, yet I have my top level 
> directories (e.g., /abc, which hold my data directories (e.g., 
> /abc/Documents)) on a separate disk, and I'm rather certain I did that with 
> the installer -- maybe I used a different version of the installer (or maybe 
> I'm mis-remembering -- maybe I created those partitions (on a separate disk) 
> after the installation.
> 
> But, I've thought about it for a few moments, and I'm more certain I did that 
> with the installer...

Gene's relationship with the Debian installer has been what can only
be described as "interesting". Take, for example,
https://lists.debian.org/debian-user/2015/02/msg00128.html
which is the part of a series of threads from early that year.

As someone who hasn't installed Debian onto anything other than
preexisting partitions since the last century, I can't understand
that thread. Likewise, having installed Debian onto partitions across
multiple disks, I have to disagree with Gene again.

But on the OT topic, I don't put /home on a separate disk to
ameliorate hardware failures, but because the original (SATA) disks
in these (loaned, 2006) machines are, as always, small by modern
standards (80GB), so I build the duplicate systems on them, and put
/home on one of my own (2006–2008) 500GB disks. It will also make
it more convenient if and when the machines are recalled.

Cheers,
David.