When migrating jira to another server, why is it necessary to copy the home directory from the old jira instance?

This question is in reference to Atlassian Documentation: Migrating JIRA to Another Server

I get it that it is necessary to backup the database, but why the home directory?

I'm interested in moving from windows to linux machine.

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The home directory contains all your JIRA config such as where the database is etc

have a read of this.

Are these files portable between operating systems?

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