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How to configure a Puppy HD install for separate users?
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Beekhof

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PostPosted: Sun 01 Jan 2012, 09:12    Post subject:  How to configure a Puppy HD install for separate users?  

After "standard" installation of Puppy Linux (on the HD) there is no Home partition in which users.
How to install this home partition and how to set a username like Beekhof in it.
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PostPosted: Mon 02 Jan 2012, 10:52    Post subject:  

I don't think there is a way of doing a multi-user type of Puppy, although there is a multi-user version of Puppy (based on 4.2.1 I think,but don't quote me)
I don't know how many users you need but I would have thought that Puppy is small enough to partition the HD up and give everybody their own partition, depending on HD size of course.
You could configure grub to use your own or whatever user name as you (they) boot up.
BTW I am no expert in this but just an enthusiastic amateur

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PostPosted: Mon 02 Jan 2012, 15:27    Post subject: Re: How to configure a Puppy HD install for separate users?  

Beekhof wrote:
After "standard" installation of Puppy Linux (on the HD) there is no Home partition in which users.
How to install this home partition and how to set a username like Beekhof in it.


I'm assuming that you did a "frugal install" (otherwise, I can't help you).

The easiest way to do it is name your lupusave "Beekhof" on shutdown.

Now, boot to RAM: that is, boot the CD, and when offered a command line, type:

Code:
puppy pfix=ram


This is important, as copying a mounted filesystem will corrupt the new copy.

Now navigate to the location of your lupusave

Code:
click on the house in the upper left
click on the "arrow up" icon
click on "mnt"
click on "home"


Now your lupsave is either there, or saved in a folder (e.g. puppy528). You should see a file named:

Code:
lupusave-Beekhof.2fs


Right click on the icon, and choose "copy", give it a new name

Code:
lupusave-Johnny.2fs


Now your boy, Johnny, has his own work space (and won't be breaking yours).

When it's done copying, reboot (don't save unless you want).

On your next boot, you will be offered something like (I forget what the text next to "0" actually says):

Code:
0 New session
1 lupusave-Beekhof.2fs
2 lupusave-Johnny.2fs


Pick your user, and it will load that session.

In my system, I have have a normal user, a "secure" session (for banking), a "tiny" (64MB) session for copying other save files, and a test bed (which gets used to test new software, and gets broken occasionally).

If one gets broken, another session can be booted.

And you can do backups the same way. Boot and select "tiny' (after you make it), go to the save file folder, and copy "lupusave-Beekhof.2fs" to something like "lupusave-02Jan2012.2fx" (note that I changed the extension to "2fx" -- this prevents Puppy from seeing it as a boot file -- it's a backup file, not a user session).

If you crunch your system, boot up tiny again, and copy " lupusave-02Jan2012.2fx" over the top of the damaged "lupusave-Beekhof.2fs".
(make sure you copy your bookmarks and any personal files out of it first!!! --
this latter action will overwrite all of that data, or be safe and rename the broken file, and then copy the backup to the new name)

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