crash on login with mounted home drive

Polytropon freebsd at
Sun Mar 15 17:15:06 UTC 2020

On Sun, 15 Mar 2020 17:08:39 +0000, Steve O'Hara-Smith wrote:
> On Sun, 15 Mar 2020 17:05:06 +0100
> Polytropon <freebsd at> wrote:
> > I have _never_
> > used /usr/home, and actually that directory doesn't even
> > exist in my installations. 
> 	It used to be common to have /usr was a filesystem but not /home
> then /home was usually a symlink to /usr/home. FreeBSD used to install that
> way.

The default installation always had /usr/home (at least since
I've been using FreeBSD). You could empty it and use it as a
mount point for a 2nd disk (or a different partition on the
system disk), and /home@ -> /usr/home would still work, but
I never found this specific constellation reality; usually
/home (the root entry) was used to either hold the home
directories on the "all in one" system disk, mount a partition
also located on the system disk, or a partition on a 2nd disk,
or even mount from network.

I think I understand this as a historic construct mainly due to
smaller disks, that's why "functional partitioning" had been
done with physical disks, then with separate partitions on
the same disk, but today, the "all in one" approach doesn't
really require /usr/home to exist (where /home, as a real
directory, not even as a mount point for a 2nd disk) would
be sufficient. However, FreeBSD, as all real UNIXes, is full
of historc things (core storage, drum memory etc.), so it
definitely doesn't hurt. :-)

Magdeburg, Germany
Happy FreeBSD user since 4.0
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