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Date:      Sat, 08 Nov 2014 23:39:54 -0500
From:      "T. Michael Sommers" <>
To:        Polytropon <>
Cc:        FreeBSD Questions <>
Subject:   Re: Where do user files go these days?
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On 11/8/2014 9:50 PM, Polytropon wrote:
> On Sat, 08 Nov 2014 21:37:31 -0500, T. Michael Sommers wrote:
>> I've noticed that neither the instructions for partitioning a disk in
>> the handbook, nor hier(7), mention a /home partition.  Is such a
>> partition still used?  If not, where do user files go?
> It _can_ be used. Traditionally, /home is a symlink
> to /usr/home, so if you create partitions according
> to OS functionality, the users' data will be stored
> on the /usr partition. But you are completely free
> to create a dedicated /home partition - on the same
> disk or even on a different disk; if you put every-
> thing into one big partition, this will also work.
> The installer will automatically create the symlink
> as /home@ -> /usr/home for you.

Thanks.  In every system I can remember, /home was a separate file 
system (when it existed at all), and I didn't see /usr/home in hier(7), 
so I wondered.  (In the Good Old Days (V7), all the user directories 
were put directly in /usr (so you'd have /usr/fred, and /usr/john, and 
so on).  I'm surprised they're back under /usr, even if a level deeper.) 
  It was also possible that some entirely new scheme had been created.

T.M. Sommers -- -- ab2sb

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