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I want to reinstall my Fedora Core 2, but keep my /home directory untouched because I have a lot of data witch I don't want to loose. I do not have another hdd to save it there. So, is it possible to format and reinstall Fedora with leaving my /home untouched? I thought that formatting all partitions but not /home, in the installation...whould do the trick...but I'm not sure. Maybe someone has done it before. Or another trick would be great to.
Please help me with this!
This is why it's important to have your /home as a seperate partition. In short, cut up your drive and make a partition and copy all the data there. Or, burn it all to a CD/multiple floppies. Outside of this, I think you're pretty much screwed.
that'll be fine. just tell it not to touch /home. you might want to do it a slightly different way to feel safer, and totally ignore /home through the whole installation, and let /home be a normal directory on /. then just add it to /etc/fstab yourself, and it'll mount just fine. One note though, you, as a user are represented by a UID and as a group by the GID. These defaults might not be carried between distros. for example most distro's start user id's at 500, but i *think* BSD starts from 1000... so the UID would differ and so the files would no longer appear to be yours. if the does happen it's no biggie, you can use chown to alter the files, or use useradd (or edit /etc/passwd directly) to change your own UID.
OK guys...I've done it! Througt the installation I formatted all partitions but didn't touched my /home.
Everything worked fine. When I log in as normal user, I have another /home/boby . This directory is in my / partition. All I want now is to use my /home partition (not directory, it's the old one that I kept) instread of the new /home directory that was newly created for user boby. I'll post here my partitions, /etc/fstab and /etc/mtab