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Does anyone know how I might change my home directory in the shell please?

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sudo usermod -d /path/to/new/home -m *username*

will copy all files from your current home directory to /path/to/new/home and will also update the system file that stores the location of your home directory (/etc/passwd).

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Worked for me in Ubuntu 12.04, thanks –  HappyDeveloper Jul 4 '12 at 3:19
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this is a nice How-To on home-dir moving. I Have not tried this myself, but it looks rather complicated.


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It's not as complicated as it looks, they just had to explain in detail for people who aren't familiar with the process. All it really involves is (1) create partition, if necessary (2) mount partition (3) copy files (3) unmount partition (4) edit /etc/fstab (5) move old home directory out of the way (6) move new home directory to /home (7) mount new /home (8) check everything, and remove old home directory –  David Z Sep 13 '09 at 12:33
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I have not tried this, but I think you can change it in /etc/passwd.

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