Zexin Li

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Migrate user from /home to new disk


Sometimes we need to migrate user from /home to new disk, e.g., when the boot disk is full. This post is a note for this process.

Prerequisite checklist

Check if the new disk is mounted correctly by df -h. If not, mount it by sudo mount ${DEVICE_NAME} ${MOUNT_POINT}.

Move user home directory

sudo mv /home/${USER_NAME} ${MOUNT_POINT}
sudo ln -s ${MOUNT_POINT}/${USER_NAME} /home/${USER_NAME}

(Important) Make sure the permission is correct for the new home directory

The permission of the new home directory should be 755 and the permission of .ssh and authorized_keys should be 700 and 600 respectively. Otherwise, ssh login will fail.

sudo chmod 755 ${MOUNT_POINT}/${USER_NAME}
sudo chmod 700 ${MOUNT_POINT}/${USER_NAME}/.ssh
sudo chmod 600 ${MOUNT_POINT}/${USER_NAME}/.ssh/authorized_keys