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Old 08-30-2004, 11:24 PM   #1
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Upgrading Redhat 9 to Fedora 2


Im currently running Redhat9 but would like to upgrade to Fedora Core2. I have two separate hard drives. One drive is occupied by XP and the other one by Redhat. I downloaded the ISOs. After booting , it gives me the option to upgrade to Fedora or do a clean install. I have aprox. 21gigs free to play around. If I remembered correctly, when I installed Redhat, I gave it the whole drive. I would like to install Fedora and keep my current /home partition. I also would like to keep my Gnucash data(bank account, etc). Below are my df and cat /etc/fstab outputs:

cat /etc/fstab
LABEL=/ / ext3 defaults 1 1
LABEL=/boot /boot ext3 defaults 1 2
none /dev/pts devpts gid=5,mode=620 0 0
none /proc proc defaults 0 0
none /dev/shm tmpfs defaults 0 0
/dev/hdf3 swap swap defaults 0 0
/dev/cdrom /mnt/cdrom udf,iso9660 noauto,owner,kudzu,ro 0 0
/dev/cdrom1 /mnt/cdrom1 udf,iso9660 noauto,owner,kudzu,ro 0 0
/dev/fd0 /mnt/floppy auto noauto,owner,kudzu 0 0

df
Filesystem 1K-blocks Used Available Use% Mounted on
/dev/hdf2 37334192 13920900 21516820 40% /
/dev/hdf1 101089 9326 86544 10% /boot
none 256892 0 256892 0% /dev/shm

Whats the best way to install Fedora without loosing my /home partition? I know I need to edit grub.conf file, what changes need to be made? thanks in advance
 
Old 08-31-2004, 12:08 AM   #2
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Cant emphasize more on backups especially when you have very important data. I once tried to upgrade from RH 9 to FC2 but it screwed up something. I didnt have much data so it wasnt a concern and I ended up doing a clean install. I believe YUM is capable of doing such an upgrade. Have a look at this if you havent already.
 
Old 08-31-2004, 07:02 AM   #3
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I have already backed up most of my data. How would go about backing up Gnucash?
should I use dump? or tar -czvf myarchive.tar.gz mydir?
 
Old 08-31-2004, 09:48 AM   #4
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Never used gnucash for a similar purpose as yours but I would guess it must be some kind of file which you should be able to tar and gz. No idea about dump.

What you can alternately do is, tar gz and then make a new directory and extract it and then try to load that data in gnucash. See if it works. I am just trying out a layman's approach. No expert on backing up gnucash data.

Don't try it if you feel it risky.

Tux,
 
Old 09-01-2004, 08:41 PM   #5
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Im getting the following the message after selecting disk druid and manually partitioning my drive.
" You have chosen to use a pre-existing partition for this installation without formatting it. We recommend that you format this partition to make sure files from previous operating installation do not cause problems with this installation of Linux. However, if this partition contains files you want to keep such as , home directories, then continue without formatting this partition".

As I mentioned before, I have about 21gigs free to play with. Im pretty sure that when I installed Redhat9 , I allowed it to take the whole drive. So, if I understand this correctly, I can go ahead and install Fedora2 and keep my /home partition.
Has anyone ever faced this situation before? If so, whats the best way to proceed? I dont want to mess up Redhat9 during the installation. Also, should install Grub again, even though its already installed?
thanks in advance
 
  


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