K.S. Bhaskar on 10 Jan 2011 10:29:39 -0800

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Re: [PLUG] Alternate /home (new topic)

2011/1/10 Art Alexion <art.alexion@gmail.com>:
> On Sun, Jan 9, 2011 at 2:09 PM, K.S. Bhaskar <bhaskar@bhaskars.com> wrote:
>> I always set up a system with two alternate root partitions.
>> Once I set up the initial root partition, I copy it over to another
>> partition mounted as /spare. Getting it to mount requires some minor
>> editing of /etc/fstab and grub setup. ÂEach mounts the other as
>> /spare. I confirm that I can boot both. ÂThen I boot the alternate
>> root only occasionally, just to verify that it's still sound. ÂNow, if
>> I have some software updates go awry, or a version upgrade that fails,
>> I just switch to the alternate root (and as likely as not make it my
>> main root and recreate the original root from it).
>> I always set up an encrypted /home. But I configure my PC so that I
>> can login without /home mounted. When I cross an international border
>> with my laptop, I always cross it with the laptop powered down. Then
>> if I am asked to boot it, I boot it, and can login - but it will be an
>> innocuous /home, not my real /home (not that I have ever been asked to
>> boot my laptop - just a sensible precaution, IMHO). To mount the
>> encrypted /home, I login as root and run a shell script:
>> In these days of monster disks, I usually have the fourth partition
>> mounted as /extra from both roots. ÂI use this for anything that I am
>> working on that doesn't need to be encrypted (e.g., since the software
>> I work with, GT.M, is FOSS, I don't need an encrypted development
>> environment for it.
> I really like this idea. ÂI understand that your shell script switches
> between homes, but how did you set it up in the first place?

[KSB] Art, I don't quite understand the question.  Are you asking how
I initially create a /home?  Or how I mount /home when I boot the

-- Bhaskar

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