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Re: Moving Home dir to another partition

On Wed, 8 Mar 2006, René Berber wrote:

> Mool wrote:
> > 1) Cygwin Installed on C:\Cygwin (C: partition win winXP SP2)
> > 2) First run created /home/$USER in C:\Cygwin
> >
> > how to MOVE my home dir in another partition D:, so I'll use
> > D:\cygwin\home\$USER?
> cp -rp /cygdrive/c/Cygwin/home/$USER /cygdrive/d/Cygwin/home

Unless cp has changed in multiple ways, a better idiom would be

tar -C /home -cf - $USER | tar -C /cygdrive/d/Cygwin/home -xf -

which will preserve symbolic links, etc.  In both cases, any extra ACLs on
the files will be lost.  Also, depending on the text vs. binary mode
settings of /cygdrive and /, there might be issues with that as well.

It may be better to *move* (not copy) the directory using Windows,

> Edit /etc/passwd changing $USER's line with the new home (i.e. from
> /home/$USER to /cygdrive/d/Cygwin/home/$USER)

No reason.  Just "mount -fs D:/cygwin/home/$USER /home/$USER", and you
won't have to change anything.

> _test it_, if it works then you can delete the old home directory.
> All this is assuming you haven't changed the cygdrive prefix.  And if
> you do change it in the future the new $HOME will not work, you'll have
> to edit passwd again.

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