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Old 10-21-2003, 08:25 PM   #1
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reinstalling linux


Hi,

I am having problems with my mandrake 9.1 installation and would like to reinstall it. Do I first need to uninstall it or will it just write over what is already there?

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motely

 
Old 10-21-2003, 08:33 PM   #2
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Just overwrite it.. during the install it will reformat the partitions you have setup.
 
Old 10-21-2003, 08:35 PM   #3
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Ok, I am going to try that

Thanks,
motely
 
Old 10-21-2003, 08:41 PM   #4
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HI Motely,

I tried Mandrake 9.1 but went back to 9.0. Assuming you have a bootable cd, when it boots it should give you the option of upgrading or installing, or somthing along those lines, and basic or advanced. I've never tried the "upgrade", and I've been advised to always do a clean install. I always back up necessary data, use advanced mode (for re-partitioning), and when it asks which partitions to format (it automaticaly selects any newly created and /), I format all just to be sure its all clean. So no "uninstall" necessary, but all data will be lost, because formating "/" is always done. That's what I suggest. Also, maybe I didn't give Mandrake 9.1 enough of a chance, but I realy like Mandrake 9.0.

Hope that helps.

mgb
 
Old 10-22-2003, 12:14 PM   #5
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I did just reinstall, and it seems to have written over what was there. Now unfortunately, I have another problem which I will post as a new thread. Thanks for the help.

motely
 
Old 12-17-2003, 11:03 AM   #6
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I recently reinstalled Slackware and while I kept my original /home paritition, my previous user config files were gone causing me to recreate my user ID and all of my settings. I'm just experimenting with Linux so it was no great problem but in the working world this could be a disaster and a total lack of professionalism by the tech.

What is the correct way to reinstall? What files need to be backed up so that the previous user settings, including root's, can be restored. Or is this even possible? Are there utils to backup user settings or is it just a matter of knowing what files to save?

Thanks.
Kent
 
  


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