[Mageia-discuss] KDE compatibility issue

Juergen Harms Juergen.Harms at unige.ch
Sat Nov 12 17:22:17 CET 2011

I am using precisely the same solution as morgan: for each bootable 
file-system its own /home directory, all my permanent data live in a 
separate (non-bootable) file-system (yes, and with binary uid/gid-to- 
alphanumeric name mappings that match).

Several advantages to this solution:
- coexistance between conflicting version-dependant private folders (the 
problem of Barry. for instance .kde4/..., but the same problem may 
arrise for other applications)
- sharing of permanent data between bootable file-systems (multi-boot 
between different OSses - or cauldron and Mageia1)
- ease for backup - I make daily backups only of the permanent data 

To make life easy with such a solution, I use a script that, when I 
install a new system, creates links form its /home directory to 
directories in the file-system that contains my permanent data. (Except 
for the user to be declared at sys-install, uid/gid-to-name mapping can 
also be standardised with the help of simple scripts - not really 
necessary if there are just some few users.)

De-facto, my /home directory has only 3 functions: (1) contain files and 
directories like .bashrc or .kde4/, (2) contain the links to my 
permanent data directories, (3) for use as support for scratch data that 
is not backed up and does not need to be carefully structured.

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