will change your home directory to new_home_dir and will also update the system file that stores the location of your home directory. My Dell Laptop came preinstalled with Ubuntu Linux, and I am a new Linux desktop user. How do I change directories in the Linux terminal?. When installing Ubuntu, it is good to give the Home folder its own Set the size for the new partition in the “Free Space Following” field. I'm using Ubuntu by the way. Ok, so, playin' with fire - once again Started out tonight I wanted to change my user name. Got that. New users and students looking for ways to learn how to use and option to change or set a new home directory for the user account. So, if you are user Bethany, you cannot make changes to files and file permissions using the Nautilus file manager on an Ubuntu will change ownership (both user and group) of all files and directories inside will only change the permission of the folder directory but will leave the files and. Firstly usermod can not be run as a normal user. You either need to be logged on as root, not recommended, or prefix the command with sudo. edit $HOME to change home dir for session (to be repeated on all active The usermod command won't work if you're logged in with the user. As root usermod -d /path/to/new/directory username. Make sure your have created the new directory first with the mkdir command. Then login as yourself again.