Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Post-Maverick Install Woes - no /home

Why oh why? I told the process Not To Touch my /home, which Thomas had so thoughtfully labelled. AND said to use it as /home. But cat fstab shows:
$ cat fstab
# /etc/fstab: static file system information.
# Use 'blkid -o value -s UUID' to print the universally unique identifier
# for a device; this may be used with UUID= as a more robust way to name
# devices that works even if disks are added and removed. See fstab(5).
proc            /proc           proc    nodev,noexec,nosuid 0       0
# / was on /dev/sdb1 during installation
UUID=649ffd64-17b4-4a95-aebe-360413cc3203 /               ext4    errors=remount-ro 0       1
# swap was on /dev/sdb5 during installation
UUID=dfe16a55-80c3-42c8-937a-4341cb2886c8 none            swap    sw              0       0

Where is /dev/sdb6, which was /home?

I can't deal with this tonight. I can't feel too discouraged, after escaping from the botch-install hell of the last couple of days. Maverick looks and feels GREAT! It's just bizarre to have no settings, and no content whatsoever, not even my old backup. Amarok is lonesome with no music.

Maco asks, in IRC, if the partition is still on the harddisk, which of course has been my question.
sudo fdisk -l
tells me:
Disk /dev/sda: 400.1 GB, 400088457216 bytes
255 heads, 63 sectors/track, 48641 cylinders
Units = cylinders of 16065 * 512 = 8225280 bytes
Sector size (logical/physical): 512 bytes / 512 bytes
I/O size (minimum/optimal): 512 bytes / 512 bytes
Disk identifier: 0x000c403c

   Device Boot      Start         End      Blocks   Id  System
/dev/sda1   *           1        2432    19530752   83  Linux
/dev/sda2            2432       48642   371178497    5  Extended
/dev/sda5            2432        2918     3905536   82  Linux swap / Solaris
/dev/sda6            2919       48642   367271936   83  Linux

Disk /dev/sdb: 7958 MB, 7958691840 bytes
245 heads, 62 sectors/track, 1023 cylinders
Units = cylinders of 15190 * 512 = 7777280 bytes
Sector size (logical/physical): 512 bytes / 512 bytes
I/O size (minimum/optimal): 512 bytes / 512 bytes
Disk identifier: 0x000ee8a7

   Device Boot      Start         End      Blocks   Id  System
/dev/sdb1   *           1        1023     7769654    c  W95 FAT32 (LBA)
Partition 1 has different physical/logical endings:
     phys=(1023, 244, 62) logical=(1022, 244, 62)

At this point,
sudo blkid /dev/sda6
to get the UUID for /dev/sda6, which says:
/dev/sda6: LABEL="home" UUID="1e3555c0-f248-446e-a9a7-6a42ab95eced" TYPE="ext4"
Yay! It's still there on the disk, still with it's nice label. Thanks, Thomas!

Now it's time to edit fstab, and add the line:
UUID=1e3555c0-f248-446e-a9a7-6a42ab95eced /home               ext4    errors=remount-ro 0       1

I did that by using Kate, which is somewhat unorthodox, but it's what I like.
kdesu kate
then append the line above, save as fstab. Finally, I moved my present $HOME in case I need some of the settings or files from the last few days.
sudo mv $HOME /oldhome
and then restart. Let's see if it works!


I want to report success! My /home is all happy, and my /oldhome dotfiles mostly copied back over. This time around, Chromium built OK, and I'm actually editing this blog in it now. Hallelujah, Maverick rocks! If I can build Amarok from source again, I'll be in heaven.

PPS: Amarok built without a hitch!


  1. "kdesu kate" not "sudo kate" -- sudo is for command line stuff only

  2. I will change my advice above to the correct command. Thanks, Maco!