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Old 12-05-2004, 06:38 PM   #1
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trying out different Distros one major question


I'm really tired of the distribution I am using- it's too flakey and really requires cable to upgrade.
But I have been using it or precursors for a couple of years.
My question is will installing a new Dist. to replace the old one erase the files I want/need to keep or can I leave them on the HD and just go ahead and have the 'new' OS overwrite the old one.

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Old 12-05-2004, 06:43 PM   #2
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If you've got your /home and /usr maybe /opt on a diff partition to the rest then just nuke everything else and install a different distro, if it's all on one partition then it's harder, I'd recommend keeping your /home if at all possible, since that is where most your files and settings will be.
 
Old 12-05-2004, 07:17 PM   #3
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Thanks for such a quick response.
You imply that while installing a new Dist. I might have the option of keeping the Home [for no I do not have them on a different partition].
Would that be a usual procedure?
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Old 12-05-2004, 07:26 PM   #4
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If you keep your /home then you'll keep all your config files, your user files, basically you should have been keeping most stuff in /home anyway unless it was system-wide stuff that you'll porbably need to reinstall anyway.

As for the option, I'd backup before doing anything.
 
Old 12-05-2004, 07:42 PM   #5
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Even if /home is on the same partition, you can create a new one (provided you have the free space) with fdisk, login as root and mount the partition somewhere, copy the files over, change fstab so /home points to the new partition and that should be it
 
Old 12-05-2004, 10:00 PM   #6
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whoa- too many options all at once

A] I've only got 13G HD and no real partitions

B] Since the OS seems to be disintegrating- I've not been able to really access the cd-burner to backup safely- unless there's another way- which you'd have to let me know about- I do know that there is a command to backup but I have never had an Idea where it is backed up to.

C]lastly I know about fdisk [sorta] but this other command is beyond my ken lead me further please.

Thanks
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