[sclug] 2 workstations sharing /home

John Stumbles john at stumbles.org.uk
Sat Nov 26 15:50:49 UTC 2005

I'm setting up a new PC which I'd eventually like to replace my old 
desktop, but not until I've got it set up with everything I had (and 
wanted) on the old one.

In the interim I'm exporting /home from the old PC and mounting it over 
/home on the new one, but this pantses up wrt kde's config. E.g. the new 
machine doesn't have the same apps installed on it or they may have 
different names/locations, so the kde menu doesn't work on the new 
machine (I don't even _have_ a K menu on the new one atm).

Is there [an easy|any] way to set things up to work the way I want?

I think I probably need to do something with ~/.kde/ to separate out the 
resources that different machines access in there. Maybe mv ~/.kde to 
somewhere that's not overmounted by /home and symlink from ~ to the real 
directory? Do I need to do the same with .qt/ also?

I'm sure I'm not the first person who's wanted to do this: is there a 
standard way to do it?

On a related matter I'd like to set up my laptop so that when it's 
connected to my home network it accesses the /home export in this way, 
but works stand-alone elsewhere. Again are there ready-rolled solutions 
for this.

Sorry, I know I should STFW for this but I can't think what I'd even ask 
mr google. Googling with my rather woolly subject line (+ 'kde', 'linux' 
and 'nfs') doesn't get anything useful.

John Stumbles

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