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Re: how to get username use another home directory

Globe Trotter wrote:
> I usually keep the userspace in another partition, /usr/local (let
> us say /usr/local/trotter.

I'm curious, why not just have /home be on a different partition?
That seems more elegant to me (and would work better with SELinux as
well, though you might not care if you disable SELinux or run in
permissive mode :).

> Previously, I would add skip the create user step and log in as root
> and then create user with directory using system-config-users.
> However, this is apparently no longer allowed, and I am required to
> create an user. How do I get this user to have its "home" in
> /usr/local/trotter? I guess one way out is to create a fake user and
> then go in, use system-config-users and then delete the fake user.
> Is there a more elegant way?

This is the sort of task I'd do from a text console (but then, I say
that sort of thing a lot ;).  If you create the user trotter at first
boot, use CTRL-ALT-F2 at the login screen to get to a console.  Then
login as root and use something like:

    # usermod -m --home /usr/local/trotter trotter

The -m option moves the current home dir to the new dir.  Obviously,
you don't want trotter logged in when you do this.

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