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 recovery mode as root, running ls /home gives a blank listing. It seems that Ubuntu has neither established a new /home/john nor used the old /home/john. It may even have formatted the /home drive (but DEFINITELY was not told to) anyway my question - how do you get Ubuntu to create new user files or better, use the existing /home/user as most distros do? I have installed it twice now to no avail.
You can use the
adduser command from the recovery mode to add a new user.
For example, if you were to create a user with administrator privileges named john, the command would look like this:
adduser john --group sudo
If the old home directory is intact and properly mounted, you could try specifying its path:
adduser john --group sudo --home /full_path_here