/home Directory: Explained
Where personal files are stored
In the Linux operating system, the
/home directory is the location where users' personal files are stored. Each user on the system has their own subdirectory within
which is usually named after the user's login name.
For example, if the login name of a user is
"jane", then their home directory would be
/home/jane. This is where Jane would store her personal files, such as documents, photos,
/home directory is also where users' configuration files and settings are stored. These files, which typically have names that begin with a period (
.), are used to
customize the behavior of various programs and the system as a whole.
By default, the
/home directory is only accessible to the user who owns it and the system administrator. This helps to protect the privacy of users' personal files and settings.
/home directory is a standard part of most Linux file systems and is typically located on the same partition as the root directory (
it is also possible to store the
/home directory on a separate partition or even on a different physical disk. This can be useful for separating users' files from the rest of the
system, which can make it easier to back up or restore the files.