Doug Stewart on 20 Apr 2011 17:27:33 -0700

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Re: [PLUG] Merging home directories

rsync with judicious use of delete-from-source-but-with-confirmation....?

On Wed, Apr 20, 2011 at 8:04 PM, Gordon Dexter <> wrote:
> I have the unenviable task of merging 5 different home directories from
> three different computers, spanning 5 years, and I was wondering if there
> was any tool that might simplify things.  My eventual goal is to have one
> unified, well organized home directory that is versioned (e.g. via Git) and
> synced between multiple computers.  The last few times I've moved or
> upgraded I just put the previous home directory as a subfolder of the newer
> one, so on one computer I have /home/gdexter/old_gdexter/older_gdexter and I
> haven't even gotten around to doing that on my newest computer.  This is
> compounded by bad habits such as putting things on the desktop if I don't
> know what to do with them.
> I'd rather not lose anything, of course, but I'd also rather not go through
> each homedir item by item and manually copy or merge things.  Are there
> tools that help you with this sort of thing?  Any suggestions to save my
> sanity?
> --Gordon
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