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Old 08-15-2003, 12:21 AM   #1
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backup files before reinstall HELP!


Argh!
I have just unwittingly stuffed up something in my linux install and need to reinstall.

I have a bunch of files in /home/stevo I need backed up to another partition called /dev/fat2 or /dev/hdb3

How can I get these files?
 
Old 08-15-2003, 01:39 AM   #2
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Toss in your install CD (slack right?) and when you get to the first command prompt after loggging in as root, simply mount up your existing / partition, mount up /dev/hdb3 and copy the data over.

However, it's usually not necessary to reinstall, learning to fix your errors instead of reinstalling is half the beauty of linux. So feel free to post up what problems you have been experiencing

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Old 08-15-2003, 06:17 AM   #3
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However, it's usually not necessary to reinstall, learning to fix your errors instead of reinstalling is half the beauty of linux. So feel free to post up what problems you have been experiencing

Cool
Thanks, I'll try that.

I don't think I had all the dev modules installed, so i went to install then, then cancelled a little way thru, then i couldnt get to KDE so I couldn't copy over my files and settings.

I also want to install Gnome so that will let me do that. I haven't been able to install any other programs, it keeps error-ing at the C- compiler stage of ./configure...

so yeah a bunch of probs, thought I'd just reinstall and start over.

What are the commands to copy a whole directory over to the partition?
 
Old 08-15-2003, 06:25 AM   #4
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You have to mount the partition first, then:
cp -a /path/to/files /path/to/partition



Good Luck! And I hope you get it all worked out this next time

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Old 08-15-2003, 07:55 AM   #5
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I got my files backed up and I ahve reinstalled Slackware and am configuring it now!

Thanks.
 
Old 08-15-2003, 08:23 AM   #6
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You're welcome, have fun!

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