OS X /home Fix

The Filesystem Hierarchy Standard defines: "/home : User home directories (optional)"

FHS goes on to state that "/home is a fairly standard concept, but it is clearly a site-specific filesystem. The setup will differ from host to host. Therefore, no program should rely on this location."

Obviously some systems won't have any users or a /home directory at all. I note that it does not say, "some systems will use /home to mean something else entirely" which is the case by default with OS X 10.5.

Starting with OS X 10.5 we see this:

halle:~ eric$ cat /etc/auto_home#
# Automounter map for /home
+auto_home	# Use directory service
halle:~ eric$


halle:~ eric$ cat /etc/auto_master#
# Automounter master map
+auto_master		# Use directory service
/net			-hosts		-nobrowse,nosuid
/home 			auto_home	-nobrowse
/Network/Servers	-fstab
/-			-static
halle:~ eric$

Why they chose "/home" and not "/auto_home" I have no idea.

What I did was to

Sure enough, all seems better now. The autohome is there and the /home symlinks to /Users so we don't need to change our scripts.


--Eric Herman

Wish us luck!

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