"Failed to save user Home directory is not under /home/"

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#1 Tue, 05/01/2018 - 03:29
andrimont

"Failed to save user Home directory is not under /home/"

Hello to all, I did use a symbolic link to the 'homes' directory in order to manage the disk space. That was working fine, but since a couple of months, I cannot create or modify a user anymore. There is this warning: "Failed to save user Home directory is not under /home/" If I remove the symbolic link, the user management works fine. Is there something that I can change to recover the use of the symbolic link to the 'homes' directory?

Thank for any help in this matter ;-)

Tue, 05/01/2018 - 16:19
noisemarine

WARNING: If you mess this up, you could break your system. The idea is to remap the filesystem so that home is actually where homes is located.

Make a copy of /etc/fstab. (cp /etc/fstab /etc/fstab.bak)

Edit /etc/fstab

Copy the line that mounts /home to a new line.

Add a # to the start of the original line.

Add a # to the start of the line that mounts 'homes'.

On the new entry change it to mount the 'homes' directory as home.

ie.

#/dev/sr1       /home   ext4    defaults        0       2
#/dev/sr2       /homes   ext4    defaults        0       2
/dev/sr2       /home   ext4    defaults        0       2

Save the file. A reboot from here is probably the easiest. Note that I presume you use the entire partition for 'homes'. If not, please post your /etc/fstab between 'code' tags so we can see before you get started.