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    Rookie-ish Home Folder Question


    I briefly had Ubuntu on a machine several years ago, but the hard drive failed before I had delved deeply into it.

    I'm going to install Mint or Ubuntu in a dual-boot w/ Win 7. I currently have the My Music and My Videos on a 2nd hard drive and plan to move the rest of My Docs there before installing Linux.

    Is it feasible to use this drive as my home folder? If so, will the default Music/Video/Pictures folders in the home folder identify my media, or alternately, can I configure them to use the My Music/My Video/My Pictures folders? If I can't use that drive as the home folder, can I still configure the default folders in Home to use My ****** folders?

    All help is appreciated.

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    I wouldn't use it for your /home I would use it as backup and/or data drive. I recently moved off my old Mac Pro and that is what I'm doing I pulled my Mac drive puit it in a drive case and connect it as needed to pull files or back up files.

    But that's me if you want you could mount your drive over the top of the Linux home it creates, but Linux does a lot with home so you will need to move local config files. So could be done but will take some juggling to get configured.
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    You can set up a separate home folder when you install Ubuntu or whatever Distro you choose then clone that partition over to the external drive and save it as a back up. Many folks do it that way.
    I just put my root and home on the same partition, it's easier that way but you don't have the ease of backing up your home folder like you do if you have it on a separate partition. IIRC Category 5 did a show about moving your home folder to another drive just a few shows back. Check out their web site and look around for and watch it and it'll help you understand a bit more.
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    Related questions: What is the functionality of the Music/Video/Pictures folders in Home? Do they, for instance, show up as default download locations for media files, or simplify network access to media? If so, can I tweak my setup to add these functions to the My ***** folders and not have to mess with where Home is located? Can I shortcut these folders in the file browser in whatever distro I'm using so that they're as easy to access as the folders in Home?

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    Quote Originally Posted by smilejack1 View Post
    Related questions: What is the functionality of the Music/Video/Pictures folders in Home? Do they, for instance, show up as default download locations for media files, or simplify network access to media? If so, can I tweak my setup to add these functions to the My ***** folders and not have to mess with where Home is located? Can I shortcut these folders in the file browser in whatever distro I'm using so that they're as easy to access as the folders in Home?
    /Home/username is a well known location in Unix and things look for it. The directories within /home/username are more a convience for orgranizing and many app's will look for them, but not required. Most app's you have a preferences setup to change were the app will look for things. There is a Downloads directory and many app's use that for you downloaded files, but again that's up to the app. In early days of Unix/Linux every app did things its own way, over the years the desktop projects and other projects have started moving to common practices to make things easier for users.
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    The extra folders in your home folder are more for convenience then anything else. I've had some Distros where you only get a desktop folder in home and others with the full set of folder options. The download folder is the default folder for downloads from most browsers that I've used so it's handy to have. Normally I'll make a "media" folder and stick my picture, video and music folders in it just to keep less folders in my home folder, I'll also delete my public and template folder since I don't have a need for them.
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