[CentOS] How to relocate $HOME directory

Mon Jan 31 05:55:50 UTC 2011
Nico Kadel-Garcia <nkadel at gmail.com>

On Mon, Jan 31, 2011 at 12:18 AM, Rudi Ahlers <Rudi at softdux.com> wrote:
> On Sun, Jan 30, 2011 at 11:07 PM, Soo-Hyun Choi <s.choi at terabit.org.uk> wrote:
>> Hi there,
>> As you know, $HOME is generally located at "/home/$username" by default.
>> I would like to re-locate all users' $HOME directories to something like
>> "/export/home/$username" without having a hassle/trouble.
>> Initially, I've thought of just copying them to the new directory (under
>> /export/home/xxx), but guessed it might trouble for the normal use (I'm
>> pretty new to CentOS, although many experiences with Debian/Ubuntu).
>> Is there any good tricks (or caveats) when moving users' home directory
>> cleanly with CentOS? (I'm with CentOS 5.5 x86_64)
>> Cheers,
>> Soo-Hyun
>> _______________________________________________
> The easiest way would be to move (or copy) everything in /home to
> /export/home, and then remount /home on /export/home in your fstab.
> Before you remount it, you may want to rename it to say /oldhome or
> /home2 or something like that, and then if everything works fine then
> you simply delete it :)

This tends to break symlinks and hard-coded script locations. In
particular, Samba and Apache make some assumptions about where home
directories live that you might want to resolve if you enable homedir
access for or public_html access for those tools.