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I do not want to lose my data in /stuff or /home, /boot and / along with /swap are fine to lose.
What are the proper steps (other then backing up my data as I will do that before I attempt the upgrade) while installing the OS to not lose my settings for my desktop, virtual box, etc....
Thanks in advance. In the past the only distro that ive updated is debian and that is a no brainer, just apt-get dist upgrade or there abouts will take care of things. from what little ive read you do not want to attempt that with Fedora.
I believe if you boot using a DVD from the new version, you will get a choice to "upgrade existing system". I'm not sure what this entails, as I just put fedora on my extra laptop to tinker with it recently. If you're okay with losing your root directory though, you could simply start the installer as if you were performing a new installation, but tell it not to format your /home, /stuff and whatever else you want to keep intact. All you have to do is give the installer the correct mount points during the partitioning phase and triple-check that you don't have the box for "format" checked on those partitions.
It appears that your /home is on a separate partition from /. You should be able to upgrade without losing any data in /home. At the same time, it's always a good idea to backup the contents of /home before doing an upgrade because stuff can go wrong. Too many backups is much better than too few backups.
As regards the hidden (dot) configuration files, I recommend backing up only those that you have modified. For example, as a Fluxbox user with highly personalized menus and startup files, I always backup my .fluxbox directory, as well as my .pan2 (newsgroups), .opera (mail store) directories, and my LibreOffice templates.
In addition, backing up any files in /etc that you have modified, such as /etc/samba/smb.conf, is wise, as they would be on your / partition.
Hmmm - as Elmer Fudd might say, be verrrry careful.
F16 changed the UID and GID ranges for user accounts. Made for some interesting upgrade/recovery scenarios. Guess how I know.
I always share the /home and install clean to new partitions. Means some packages have to be re-installed - there are notes in the install guide (I think) to make it a bit easier.
I once managed to get a successful outcome from a pre-upgrade. But only once.
thanks all for the guidance. thankfully im planning on doing the full backup for /home and /stuff before i upgrade. ill also grab my printers.conf, hosts, etc... that have been modified and dump them into my /home before i start the upgrade.