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10.4: Move Users directory to another partition
Authored by: Fanglord on Apr 16, '07 10:10:46AM

One way to avoid the problem of not having access to an admin account with the second method is to keep the admin user folder on the main drive. You can't use the /Users folder, as it's really a symlink to the other partition, but you can set up another directory where this user folder is to be stored (the root user's home folder is located at /var/root, for example). You can use Netinfo Manager to specify the location for that user's folder.

That way, you always have a working admin user, but don't have to worry about CLI stuff when creating each new user.

PS I have run into problems with the fstab edits. I had a situation where the drive that contained the accounts didn't mount at startup, so the system created it's own directories at the location /Volumes/<drivename>/Users.

Once I rebooted, the new directories stayed, and my drive was named <drivename> 1. Needless to say, this was a pain to clean up (shutdown, disconnect the drive, boot, go in and delete the directories that were created, shutdown, reattach the drive and boot normally). I'd rather use a symlink.

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