How to change the location of /Users?

topi

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Is there a way to move Users directory to another partition?

My primary partition is filling up, and I have an empty 500 meg partion, so it would be nice to move some of the directories to this partion.

Thanks
Topi
 

hotani

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I have not tried this but it should work...

first option; GUI (probably need to log in as root):
1- drag the Users dir to the new location (it will be copied, then delete the old one)

2- then command option drag the directory from its new location to the original location to make an alias

-- OR ---
from command line do the following:
(might need to do 'su root' and enter your password...)

1- cd to the top of the filesystem:
cd /

2- move the Users dir to where you want it...
mv /Users [destination directory or partition]

3- make a link (alias) to the new location in the old.
ln -s /newlocation/Users .

 

sverre

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The second way is probably preferable. I wouldn't count on the first one working with everything (Terminal for example)
 

topi

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You're right sverre, the first option doesn't work. In the Finder symbolic links made with ln appear identical to aliases, but in terminal the aliases look just like ordinary files.
 

Eid

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What I have done on my system is set up OS X on the Original 6 G HD, however in each users Documents folder I have created an alias to the documents folder on my other 30 GB HD I have also got many other files that I am linking to on that. Not too sure about permissions though I haven't looked since the users are only myself& my fiance
 
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