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Relocating the 'Users' directory
Authored by: stevenjgarner on Nov 13, '03 04:35:35PM

Have I missed something - there's been nothing posted for so long on this, I'm wondering if there is now in Mac OS X 10.3.1 a definitive way to move the Users folder to another volume.

Well I followed some of the instructions in this thread, and moved the Users folder to another volume (called 'Data'). Everything has worked fine and I am able to add / delete users successfully. The only problem I am having is that when I restart the computer, some (not all) of the user's preferences are lost - in particular, the Appearance, Dock and Desktop pattern setting are all lost. Everything else customized under the System Preferences is fine. Any ideas?

The procedure I used (on Terminal) is:

cd /
sudo gnutar cf users.tar Users/
sudo mv users.tar /Volumes/Data/
cd /Volumes/targetvolume/
sudo gnutar xf users.tar
cd /
sudo mv Users Users-old
sudo ln -s /Volumes/Data/Users Users

I then logged out of the administrative user, and logged back in for the changes to take effect.

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