Proper steps to upgrade
Last night I attempted to upgrade my fc2 to fc3 t2. It was a mess. I realize that this is "not ready for prime time" and I got grub errors. I don't know how to use VI so I couldn't do much besides cp grub.conf.rpmnew to grub.conf. It was empty anyway, and I did choose to update when the install asked me. I tried renaming all the ones in my /boot/grup directory, but the only one that worked (grub.conf) was the one for fc2, it had entries. Of course, my system wouldn't boot.
Ultimately I did a fresh install, formatting my /boot partition, as well as my / partition.
All went well, but of course, I had no settings.
I have this system set the way I like, with many modified files: of course yum and apt-get, and I run apache 1.31 NOT httpd (apache 2) nor do I run the mysql (3.??) that comes with fedora. I run mysql 4... the list goes on.
So -- when fc3 comes out, I would like to install it. I'm leary of installing an upgrade, as opposed to a fresh install.
I have my / partition backed up and I completely restored my fc2 install this morning -- restores with partimage are terrific! -- but there's no file-by-file (or directory) it's all or nothing.
IN windows I installed all my apps on a seperate partition (not c:/progra~1) so when I grew tired of the install, I just wiped c:/ and put windows back -- of course I saved my applications file as well .. all my programs worked and all the system files I modified I just overwrote after a new install.
Can this work with linux as well -- I imagine it can. I have all my mail, websites, databases on a seperate backup partition and I imagine I can just synchronize directories with Krusader after a fresh install of fc3 -- but what about system files?
Should I have documented all the changes I made and copied all of my changed files to a different drive / partition?
This is going to be painful isn't it?
Fc3 has many updated proggys and incorporates some fundamental changes -- it won't be so easy as copying my /etc directory to anopther drive prior to upgrading and then copying it back to the new install??
ps -- should I be using a different backup solution -- other than booting to a rescue disc and using partimage? I tried modo -- no dice. Is there a utility that will save system files only -- or like in windows backup my system state??