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    can't login

    I am using Fedora 8 on my Acer Laptop. After the installation I created a partition and mounted it as /home. Before doing this I copied the user home directory to another location (/mnt). I mounted the new partition (to /home), included it in /etc/fstab and then copied the user's home directory back to /home. Now when I login, it allows me in command line (tty1,...6) but not in GUI. Any idea what went wrong?? I then created some new users and then tried to login but that was of no use. I made the settings back to original - copied user's home directory to /mnt, unmounted new partition and then copied user's home directory to /home. Still it doesn't work. Any idea why its happening?


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    Linux Guru smolloy's Avatar
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    I'm not sure that you used the correct procedure to move /home to a new partition. It sounds like you did the whole swap while logged, and that could create some interesting problems -- e.g. KDE/Gnome writing to hidden files on each partition while you're swapping them.

    The correct method would have been to mount the new partition to /mnt/newhome, and then...
    cp -pr /home/* /mnt/newhome/
    Then edit fstab, and, then reboot.

    An even better method would have been to do everything through a liveCD, and then you have no worries about the OS trying to write to the partitions you're moving around.

    EDIT: My first method has the problem that you never get rid of the previous contents of /home, which just sit around taking up space until you get rid of them with a liveCD. I really do advice using a liveCD as a much safer method.
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