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Old 04-01-2004, 03:09 AM   #1
propellerhead
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Reinstalling mandrake 10


Hi all,

i have a root, a swap, and a home partition.

i did some testing with mandrake 10 and I just want to add at the moment: it is the best one for me at the moment.

lets say i have stored files in my home.....

i tried upgrading, reformating only root, and reinstalling only to root.

when i go into my home directory using the same username and password, all my files are lost but lucky me i have a network were i can backup everything i have on a 74gb hardisk into a second pc accross my room with no worries.....

my question is

how can i update or reinstall my mandrake operating system without transfering all those files, settings...etc without loosing any information such as gaim, gftp, kontact, etc.....?
 
Old 04-01-2004, 04:07 AM   #2
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Just wondering... Why do a new install? If you have an install up and running, there should not be any reason to install it again. If you need to update or modify part of your install, it would be far less painful to just do those...

That being said, it is easy enough to simply copy the .conf files for whatever you are using (say, to a floppy), then reinstall and use the saved .conf files.

Unlike some other OS out there, reinstalling is often more trouble than fixing a buggered configuration. If I may be so bold, maybe you could describe the problem that is causing the reinstall?
 
Old 04-01-2004, 04:19 AM   #3
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So far, I have'nt had any problems with mandrake 10. I'm just asking if If there is a way to reinstall the operating system without removing or backing up its content.

I remember the time when i had no networking in my home and had to backup the home directory on a hardisk that i yanked out from my other pc running windblows on a fat32 partition.

at the moment, im just learning the ins and out, pros and cons of installing, updating, etc and found it pretty comfortable.

since im on the subject of reinstalling, how about creating a linux bootup cd floppy disk from mandrake 10? i havent found a tool yet and i hate creating one in winblows.

thanks for the info about the .conf but i seriously am not going to be reinstalling anymore since i found out what i like installed before hand.

well to be honest, my mandrake 10 has 4 cd's and i managed to only find 3 and not 4. when i clicked on some options, it would ask for 4th cd and i was pissed off that i couldnt get those options. so when i reinstalled, i ended up loosing my home directory but have it backed up on a second pc. if you look down at my specs, i tell you how i managed to get the 4th cd.

thanks.
 
Old 04-01-2004, 04:38 AM   #4
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[quote} creating a linux bootup cd floppy disk from mandrake 10 [/quote]

A floppy to boot the cd, or a bootable cd?

Disk 1 of the Community 10 distro has the image you need to create a floppy that will boot the cd, also the tools are there. If you want to make a bootable cd, just specify a boot image using your favorite cd burner. A great rescue cd is cd1 of the distro. When you boot cd1, the splash screen tell you how to use it as a rescue cd.

Rescue

Revision / Modified: Jan. 28, 2002
Author: Tom Berger

Original documents:
http://www.mandrakeuser.org/docs/admin/arecov.html http://www.mandrakeuser.org/docs/admin/arecov2.html http://www.mandrakeuser.org/docs/admin/arecov3.html http://www.mandrakeuser.org/docs/admin/arecov4.html
Rescue vs Reinstalling

Very often less experienced Linux users counter system problems with the troubleshooting technique they've learned on other operating systems: they reinstall the whole operating system.
This of course does not only cost quite a massive account of time, it also prevents them to feel really secure with the system, all the more since these users usually do not keep backups.

There are very few compelling reasons to ever reinstall Linux, like massive file system corruption or a hard drive failure. You can repair everything else either from within the system or from outside (via a network connection or a boot disk/CD). In contrast to other operating systems all configuration files are in plain text and can be edited with the most simple text editor. Furthermore you can reinstall, upgrade or downgrade every part of the system, since Linux only needs a minimal set of files to provide the basic functions of an operating system.

Being able to repair a system is what makes you an administrator, it is arguably the most important step from being controlled by your system to take control of it.
 
Old 04-01-2004, 05:36 AM   #5
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thanks for the extra information!

i meant floppy creation from mandrake 10 in mandrake operating system and not from windows.

ill be reading up on rescue--
 
Old 04-01-2004, 12:08 PM   #6
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Re: Reinstalling mandrake 10

Quote:
Originally posted by propellerhead
Hi all,

i have a root, a swap, and a home partition.

i did some testing with mandrake 10 and I just want to add at the moment: it is the best one for me at the moment.

lets say i have stored files in my home.....

i tried upgrading, reformating only root, and reinstalling only to root.

when i go into my home directory using the same username and password, all my files are lost but lucky me i have a network were i can backup everything i have on a 74gb hardisk into a second pc accross my room with no worries.....

If you did not reformat the /home partition than it should be as it was before. To check, login as root and do an ls /home.

Do you see your home directory?
Do you see any directories?
Is /home mounted? (mount)

If /home is mounted, and empty then you did reformat your /home partition.


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my question is

how can i update or reinstall my mandrake operating system without transfering all those files, settings...etc without loosing any information such as gaim, gftp, kontact, etc.....?
 
Old 04-01-2004, 04:03 PM   #7
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that's the funny thing-

I did not ask it to format my home directory. hmmm----maybee im doing something wrong! I didnt try some of the other options because i had my cdrom and hardrive running off a maxtor pci card. the setup would lock up and this could also bee seen under a windows installation. I resolved this problem by placing the maxtor hardrive on a single ribon in ide1 of pci card and cd drive on ide2 on the motherboard.

I think I'll play with an old hardrive i have laying around! and try out recue like the other guys suggested and reinstalling with stuff in home directory.

I have no reason to reformat this current drive and actually never had a reason.

THis linux mandrake10 just makes my mouth water.

thanks
 
  


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