[OS X TeX] [OT] moving home directories, was: Poor performance on a MacBookPro

Adam R. Maxwell amaxwell at mac.com
Tue Sep 4 09:47:18 EDT 2007

On Sep 4, 2007, at 02:43, Dave Murray-Rust wrote:

> On 3 Sep 2007, at 23:12, Adam R. Maxwell wrote:
>> On Sep 3, 2007, at 15:03, Herbert Schulz wrote:
>>> On Sep 3, 2007, at 4:51 PM, Maarten Sneep wrote:
>>>> ...
>>>> It seems you have moved your home directory to an external drive.  
>>>> The double // in /Volumes/Data/Users/dave// seems to have the  
>>>> effect that all directories in your home are searched. I bet you  
>>>> have set your $HOME variable _with_ a final slash. It should not  
>>>> have that slash. As an experiment, do the following:
>>>> export HOME=Volumes/Data/Users/dave
>> Don't you want a leading slash, though?
>> export HOME=/Volumes/Data/Users/dave
>> I use a similar setup, but with a symlink to avoid messing with  
>> NetInfo.
> Are there any pitfalls I have to worry about from moving /Users to a  
> new volume and symlinking? I followed a guide which then used  
> netinfo to set my home dir to the new path, so I'd assumed that was  
> necessary - but it seems not to be?

You can get by with just a symlink, if it's in the correct location.   
I have /Users/amaxwell->/Volumes/Local/amaxwell, but you can symlink  
the entire users directory as well.  My other system uses NetInfo  
without a symlink, and it works equally well.


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