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Re: Advice managing home directories



On 9/24/06, P Jones <deerfieldtech gmail com> wrote:
On 9/24/06, Andrew Robinson <awrobinson-ml nc rr com> wrote:
> I'm looking for advice on managing my home directories on my home
> network. I have various flavors of mostly Fedora on various computers
> and sometimes on various partitions on the same computer. I'm trying to
> figure out the most convenient way to combine what's common between them
> with what's unique to each installation.
>
> It would be trivial if I could put all the common stuff in a single
> directory, like a "My Documents" in Windoze. I could NFS-mount from my
> main server and link that directory into each home directory.
>
> However, a number of applications seem to want put their configuration
> and data in dot directories directly in the home directory. jpilot and
> thunderbird are two examples. At this point I am identifying these
> applications and creating links. The more applications and the more
> installations, the more tedious and error-prone this approach becomes.
> Is there a better way?
>
> Thanks!
>
> Andrew Robinson

Andrew;

I can tell you what I do with my small linux/sometimes Windows
network, although I can't tell from your post exactly what you're
trying to do with "common stuff". It sounds like you're thinking about
things in a Windows kind of way (no offense).

Anyway, I have a server that I put all my home directories on and
share by NFS. I used to use NIS, but for the few numbers of users and
machines it is unnecessary (and all of my workstations run FC5). I
mount the home directories either using fstab entries or with
automount. I put a common docs directory in my home directory and
share it by NFS and SMB, and then link to it in each home directory. I
have a cron job that backs up the home directory on the server every
night. Since the home directries are on the server I can shut off the
workstations at night.

I use SME server (a RHEL based server distribution). I make sure that
users on the workstations have the same UID/GIDs as on the server
(very important for NFS). Although using NFS on SME isn't built in, it
can be done effectively in small networks that don't see a whole lot
of change. Most importantly GIDs are the same as FC.

But I'm still curious about your noting the location of the hidden
application directories in the home directory.

-P

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Hi Andrew and Mr. Jones!

Seems like everybody has something hidden in the home directory.  Here
is my list:
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tod tod-desktop:~$ ls -a -d -l .*
drwxr-xr-x 36 tod  tod   4096 2006-09-24 09:37 .
drwxr-xr-x  3 root root  4096 2000-01-02 13:18 ..
drwx------  2 tod  tod   4096 2006-08-05 02:23 .AbiSuite
drwxr-xr-x  3 tod  tod   4096 2006-09-07 04:27 .adobe
-rw-r--r--  1 tod  tod    205 2006-09-15 17:26 .aspell.en.prepl
-rw-r--r--  1 tod  tod     22 2006-09-15 17:26 .aspell.en.pws
-rw-r--r--  1 tod  tod   1752 2006-09-18 02:03 .audacity
-rw-------  1 tod  tod   6465 2006-09-23 02:17 .bash_history
-rw-r--r--  1 tod  tod    220 2000-01-02 13:18 .bash_logout
-rw-r--r--  1 tod  tod    414 2000-01-02 13:18 .bash_profile
-rw-r--r--  1 tod  tod   2227 2000-01-02 13:18 .bashrc
drwxr-xr-x  2 tod  tod   4096 2006-08-16 16:17 .cddb
drwxr-xr-x  3 tod  tod   4096 2006-08-27 00:52 .config
drwx------  2 tod  tod   4096 2006-08-03 23:50 .cups
-rw-------  1 tod  tod     26 2000-01-02 13:29 .dmrc
-rw-------  1 tod  tod     16 2000-01-02 13:29 .esd_auth
drwxr-xr-x  7 tod  tod   4096 2006-09-20 03:15 .evolution
-rw-r--r--  1 tod  tod      0 2006-08-03 01:41 .fonts.cache-1
drwx------  4 tod  tod   4096 2006-09-24 09:37 .gconf
drwx------  2 tod  tod   4096 2006-09-24 18:28 .gconfd
drwxr-xr-x 21 tod  tod   4096 2006-09-20 13:29 .gimp-2.2
-rw-r-----  1 tod  tod      0 2006-09-22 09:40 .gksu.lock
drwxr-xr-x  3 tod  tod   4096 2006-06-20 20:39 .gnome
drwx------ 12 tod  tod   4096 2006-09-23 23:23 .gnome2
drwx------  2 tod  tod   4096 2000-01-02 13:29 .gnome2_private
-rw-r--r--  1 tod  tod   1492 2006-08-16 20:26 .grip
-rw-r--r--  1 tod  tod     58 2006-08-16 16:21 .grip-bladeenc
-rw-r--r--  1 tod  tod     68 2006-08-16 20:26 .grip-lame
-rw-r--r--  1 tod  tod     85 2006-08-16 16:14 .grip-oggenc
drwxr-xr-x  2 tod  tod   4096 2006-08-07 10:52 .gstreamer-0.10
-rw-r--r--  1 tod  tod     85 2000-01-02 13:29 .gtkrc-1.2-gnome2
-rw-------  1 tod  tod   1014 2006-09-24 09:37 .ICEauthority
drwx------  3 tod  tod   4096 2006-06-20 19:11 .kde
-rw-------  1 root root    35 2006-08-31 04:06 .lesshst
drwxr-xr-x  3 tod  tod   4096 2006-08-27 00:52 .local
drwx------  3 tod  tod   4096 2006-08-05 01:37 .macromedia
drwxr-xr-x  3 tod  tod   4096 2006-06-20 21:59 .mcop
-rw-------  1 tod  tod     31 2006-09-14 13:48 .mcoprc
drwx------  3 tod  tod   4096 2000-01-02 13:29 .metacity
drwx------  4 tod  tod   4096 2006-08-05 01:29 .mozilla
drwxr-xr-x  3 tod  tod   4096 2000-01-02 13:29 .nautilus
drwx------  3 tod  tod   4096 2006-09-23 02:18 .openoffice.org2
drwxr-xr-x  2 tod  tod   4096 2006-08-15 00:29 .qt
-rw-------  1 tod  tod  58475 2006-09-23 01:04 .recently-used
drwx------  2 tod  tod   4096 2006-06-20 09:41 .scim
-rw-r--r--  1 tod  tod      0 2000-01-02 13:32 .sudo_as_admin_successful
drwx------  4 tod  tod   4096 2006-07-12 07:02 .thumbnails
drwx------  2 tod  tod   4096 2006-09-14 14:10 .Trash
drwx------  2 tod  tod   4096 2000-01-02 13:29 .update-notifier
-rw-------  1 root root  3176 2006-09-19 04:09 .viminfo
-rw-------  1 tod  tod    122 2006-09-24 09:37 .Xauthority
-rw-r--r--  1 tod  tod    757 2006-09-24 09:38 .xsession-errors
tod tod-desktop:~$
-------------------------------
I know that within .mozilla I will find a Firefox directory with my
Firefox preferences.  I see OOo, Gimp, X. it is quite comprehensive.

I think we should also keep in mind that SELinux may need to be able
to catalog these when updateing.

I shall be courious what you all find and experiance.  Please keep us informed.

Thanks!

Tod


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