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Old 12-06-2004, 12:43 PM   #1
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Backing up my Suse 9.1 profile


I just finished reading a few threads here on backing up your config, so I think I have an idea of what I should do.

I'm about to repartition my laptop to give Linux the majority of the space (right now, it's on 5 gigs only) since I've come to use Suse 9.1 mostly while on the laptop. I'll have to delete the current partition setup and make a new one, but I'd like to save my desktop settings, etc so I don't have to go through all of that headache again when I reinstall.

Is backing up my home folder enough? I don't need to worry about Firefox/Thunderbird settings since those are quick and my email is IMAP.

thanks.
 
Old 12-06-2004, 05:59 PM   #2
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Backup of your home directory is enough (/home/yourlogin). All personal settings are inside. If you have not configured any other program to keep settings in a different place, that's the only dir you need to backup.
 
Old 12-06-2004, 06:06 PM   #3
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excellent.

thanks for the help!
 
Old 12-06-2004, 06:33 PM   #4
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Along these lines, if /home is already on its own partition, and you don't plan on changing its size, you can save yourself a fair amount of time/trouble by simply leaving it alone. In other words, don't drop the /home partition, and when you are doing the reinstall, do *not* reformat it either. That way you'll end up with a new installation, along with your original and untouched /home directory.

If you're not giving /home its own partition, I would recommend that you do -- J.W.
 
Old 12-07-2004, 01:49 PM   #5
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If you're not giving /home its own partition, I would recommend that you do
Can this be done post install? or do i need to set that up during. And is that something I can easily do in the control center so that all apps know that my /home is on that partition?
 
Old 12-07-2004, 05:13 PM   #6
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Yes - Check out this tutorial on how to move the /home partition. This is not the kind of exercise however that you could really do via a GUI utility, and it will involve a number of command-line actions. For that reason, I'd only suggest this for people who are comfortable modifying the partition table, editing files via the command line, and modifying the fstab file.

Overall, as a general comment, my recommendation would be determine the partitioning scheme you want to use first, prior to performing the installation. This is not a requirement, of course, but in my experience I have found it much simpler to treat the partitioning as a separate, stand-alone task to complete prior to the installation (as opposed to making the partitioning a step within the installation)

Good luck with it either way -- J.W.
 
  


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