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How to populate configuration files over a lot of servers?

I have configuration files at my home directory (.bashrc, .gitignore, etc.). When I find something helpful for me I add this information into this files. But also I have access via ssh to different ...
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Why can't I set group and ownership of one folder without afffecting the other?

I've upgraded an Ubuntu PC from 10.04 to 12.04. Problem is all the permissions were wrong on the home folders. So, I did the following: sudo chown -R james:james /home/james/* sudo chown -R ...
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Login on 12.04 LTS slow after moving /home to separate HDD

On a prior install I had moved the /home to a different HDD to keep the SSD for the OS only. On Saturday Ubuntu crapped out and I had to reinstall, after getting things back to the point of moving the ...
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How to set Desktop to show files and folders from different directory?

Currently, when all windows are minimized and closed, the desktop will show files and folders located in /home/user/Desktop. I want to change this behavior and have my home folder be displayed for ...
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I want to reformat my home partition from ext3 to ntfs

I have three partitions: one with Ubuntu 12.04, the other is a data partition (the largest of the three) and the last one has Windows 7. First I installed Ubuntu, then I formatted the data partition ...
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Can I change where my /home folder is located? [duplicate]

I want to make my /home folder on a separate partition on my harddrive. How can I do that, if there is a way?
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Placing $HOME directory on nfs server

I have a number of client machines, all running Ubuntu, and recently upgraded to 13.04. I also have a Slackware-based server which includes an nfs service. What I am aiming to do is to have access ...
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Get $HOME and/or username without using C++

I'm working on the Music app and I need to know how to get the user name and/or home dir of the users. I've googled around for a while but can only find the variables for C++ or BASH. How do I get ...
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Unpacked a tar…badly - now locked out of my own files!

Not knowing well what I was doing, I opened a tar with sudo, and now it's linked to a user that doesn't exist and I can't remove it under any circumstances - perhaps because it's off the home ...
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Adding user with existing encrypted home

My system has separated /home partition which is encrypted. I did a fresh install with a new temporary user. Now, I want to add old_user back with existing encrypted home. Is it possible?
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How can I stop Steam from polluting my home directory?

I've just installed Steam, and I've noticed that Steam has created a lot of files and directories in my home directory: such as: linux32 result steamdeps.txt steam_install_agreement.txt ...
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Cannot create a directory to /home

Is it normal that I can't create directories in /home partition as a normal user? Example: user@pc:/home$ mkdir test mkdir: cannot create directory ‘test’: Permission denied Is that normal?
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Does LVM enable me to resize my /home partition?

With 13.04 here, I'm planning on wiping my computer and reinstalling. I have two hard drives, and I've heard that LVM allows the two drives to work together, as if they are a single drive. I've also ...
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Can't access encrypted home from other Ubuntu releases from 13.04

Today I installed Raring Ringtail (again), 13.04 (production release), clean in a fresh partition on an AMD X2 64-bit system. I have a parallel installation of 12.10 and another one of 12.04 on other ...
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Installing ubuntu 13.04 using existing home partition fails

I have set my existing /home partition (from about 10 previous distros!) as /home during install but cannot login. Rebooting into recovery mode and resetting password doesn't help, however while in ...
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Keeping the same /home partition after a clean install

I currently have 2 partitions for my ubuntu installation: A / partition and a /home partition. When Ubuntu 13.04 is released I plan to reinstall ubuntu while keeping the same home partition. Is it ...
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Unable to execute shell scripts from `~/bin` [duplicate]

I am learning to write shell script from this tutorial on linuxcommand.org. It says - Most modern Linux distributions encourage a practice in which each user has a specific directory for the ...
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Use encrypted Home between two Ubuntu

I have an encrypted "/home" partition separated from "/" partition using ubuntu12.04. Now I want to install ubuntu13.04.Can I share that "/home" partition as ubuntu13.04's "/home" and use it for these ...
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Is deleting my entire home folder contents like resetting everything to where it was during install?

Or does Kubuntus install process generates something in there that is not generated like it is now after I deleted everything. Sidequestion that led me to this is. Does 13.04 don't have the ...
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can't log in after password change (ecryptfs)

I am on Ubuntu 12.10 with one user using encrypted home. A while back I have changed by user password and then forgot it. I then made a backup of my files using Dustin's help to an external drive. I ...
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how to get rid of .goutputstream files [duplicate]

I have many files with names like .goutputstream-AAAAAA in my home folder and I don't know why they've been created and how to get rid of them? I usually delete them but they would appear again in ...
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how do I remove the .ecryptfs folder that was created after deja-dup backup?

I have a very large .ecryptfs folder in my /home directory that is the size of my /username directory. I believe it was created after I ran a backup using gksu deja-dup-preferences. Previous ...
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Seperate /home on Virtual Installation

I currently have Lubuntu 12.10 installed on my computer in a dual boot configuration with Win 7. I mostly access it by loading the Linux partition with a mapped vmdk in VirtualBox, but sometimes I do ...
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files do not save in /media/data

New to Ubuntu, a free OS of greatness, I followed the step by step procedure in one of the online resources of Ubuntu for installing the OS. As instructed, I learned that I have to create the ...
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Would upgrade destroy my home folder?

I have at the moment ubuntu 12.04.2 LTS installed and planning on installing 13.04. I have my root('/') mounted on one partition and my home('/home') on other partition. If I would upgrade through ...
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How to change the path of folders in home directory to an external HDD?

I am using Ubuntu 12.04. I'm trying to change the path from the special folders (I mean the ones in my home directory) to folders on my external HDD. I already auto-mounted the HDD by adding a ...
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UI freezes very often after moving the home directory

I maybe wrong but from what I understand I should've done the movement of the home directory to another partition from a liveCD, what I didn't do. I think that made the UI (sidebar, upperbar) and ...
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Dual Boot Win7 Ubuntu 12.10 use 2nd HDD for all My Docs

My current setup is that I have: 1TB HDD split with Windows OS and Ubuntu OS (with system and Swap of course) 2TB HDD for all my docs What I want to be able to do is whether I am in Windows or Ubuntu ...
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Accidentally ran command, now don't know what to do

Accidentally ran command sudo chmod -R o+x /home on my Ubuntu 12.10. Now what me to do? is that dangerous? I have no backup of partition, so I think this command is not reversible. SO me to ...
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Install with existing /home (encrypted)

I have a separate /home partition, and I'm about to perform a reinstall (13.04 beta). I plan to set up the same user that I have now. My current home folder is encrypted. Will the installer ...
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Moving '/home' from a partition to 'real' /home

Having put /home on a separate partition when installing and then added another version of Ubuntu to a third partition and used the /home in common, I see the error of my ways. I want to put both ...
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How to format Home partition!

A short time ago I installed Ubuntu alongside Windows. A lot of things went wrong and I decided to reainstall Ubuntu on the partitions the old Ubuntu was using. For this installation I created four ...
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Ubuntu reinstall without losing /home?

I got to a state when upgrade is not possible - old system (10.10, packages index too broken) I dediced to reinstall. Now I'd like to keep my /home. Ideally, I'd like to burn a CD or ISO to USB and ...
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How to move application specific folder out of home folder?

In my /home/myuserI have many folder like .thunderbird, .mozilla, .skype, etc. And meaningful for human folders like Downloads, Documents, become lost among folder with configs, cache, etc. How to ...
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Roaming profiles - central home directories [duplicate]

Until now I have two ubuntu laptops at home. I use usually the one, my wife the other. Kids start to get older and use whatever is available. It would be very handy, to have a centralized /home, for ...
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Folders showing lock icon

Whenever I open my documents, all the folders in it are displayed with a lock icon. Therefore, I cannot delete any file or folder in it. I tried changing the root access using sudo chmod ...
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Fail to log in Ubuntu for deleting my home folder

I moved my home folder("huangzhiwu") to /usr/share carelessly. Then after i noticed that ,i make a new folder named huangzhiwu in /home ,and moved all files from /usr/share/huangzhiwu to the new home ...
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Directory path for home to an external NTFS hard drive

OK, I have run into a problem with authentication and I think I have figured out the problem but i cant seem to find the solution anywhere I look. I am using Ubuntu 12.04 running Lamp (individually ...
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Wubi install, lost home folder, recovery options?

I have been running Ubuntu for over a year on my laptop and I've really come to enjoy it. So much that it has replaced Windows in my day-to-day activities. Yesterday an error occurred on my desktop ...
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Home directory encryption

I've just encrypted my home directory after installing ubuntu (i.e. my home directory was initially not encrypted then I used the ecryptfs-utils to encrypt it). I am curious to know whether only the ...
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Software and files to external drive

My OS (Ubuntu 12.04) is installed on my 40gb internal hdd. I have a 320gb external that stays attached at all times. I would like to have software installed & runnable on the external hdd instead ...
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When trying to save music to home on Ubuntu, it says I would only have 20GB space even though my partition has 270GB, what's wrong?

I'm a bit stuck here, and I'm new to Ubuntu so please forgive me if this is a stupid question :D. Lately, I tried to save 60GB of Music to my home folder's music folder in Ubuntu but it said there ...
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setting up home folders for users for 12.04 server edition -ls: cannot open directory .: Permission denied

I created an instance to run on a cloud service. The machine image was 12.04 server edition x64. Upon initially logging in and creating a user and su'ing into that user it doesn't have a home folder: ...
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Can Wine share the install directory with Windows?

I want to use Starcraft 2 with Wine, however it requires 18GB. My home directory won't let me copy it to the Linux side because it says I'm out of space when there's over 60GB free. I realize I'm ...
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How to move www directory to home?

I've recently installed Lamp in my fresh 12.04 installation. I want to know if I can move my www directory to home so I can syncronize it with Ubuntu One, or is there any way to syncronize www ...
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Advantages of separate /home partition on HDD + SSD setup

I have a brand new SSD and would like to optimize my Ubuntu 12.10 installation for best speed and durability of device. From what I know, there should always be a lot of free space in an SSD, and ...
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Cannot Install Team Fortress 2, home folder too small?

I have very little experience with Ubuntu. I'm trying to install Team Fortress 2 but it keeps telling me that I don't have enough space. I have a 500gb HDD, and at least half of it is free. How do I ...
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Can't access my user account Ubuntu 12.04

I have no idea why but it just sends me back to the login screen whenever I try to login my main account. So I made a second account from guest account and used nautilus as sudo(root) and checked my ...
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Are the advantages of having /home on a separate partition actually advantages?

With reference to answers given here, it is mentioned multiple times that the main advantage is the ability to change/reinstall Ubuntu versions without losing configuration files. However, will a new ...
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How can I stop the automatic creation of ~/.cache/motd.legal-displayed file?

In every home-directory on my Ubuntu Server is a .cache folder containing an empty file motd.legal-displayed. Is there a way to stop creating these .cache folders?