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Old 03-20-2006, 09:06 AM   #1
IraB
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reinstall and save home directory


I am running Kanotix 2005-03 and have dorked up my system. I need to reinstall and want to preserve my home directory. I have tried this before and by creating a user by the same name, my home directory gets overwritten. I found a post that said by copying /etc/groups /etc/password and /etc/shadow to the new installation would prexerve /home.
I possibly could reinstall and not create a user at that time them copy /home to something of another name and then back. But I don't know, there must be another way that is more elegant or at least easier. Anyone point me in the right direction???
 
Old 03-20-2006, 09:41 AM   #2
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Is /home on a seperate partition? If it is then it won't be overwritten if you make sure that you don't format it during installation of a new distro. All you would need to do is create a user with the same details as your previous installation. If everything is on one partition then there is no way to preserve /home. You have to backup your data because you will lose it when the / partition is being formatted.
 
Old 03-20-2006, 11:06 AM   #3
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I usually just back it up and put it somewhere safe. something like this:
Code:
cd /home/
tar -cvzf steve.tar.gz steve/
then just put the resulting file somewhere you know won't get overwriten like an iPod or cd. reinstall use your same username and:
Code:
cd /home
tar -xvzf steve.tar.gz
you shouldn't have to worry about /etc/passwd & /etc/shadow unless you have more than one user.

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Old 03-20-2006, 12:01 PM   #4
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Yes, /home is on a separate partition. I like the tar idea. It sure seems to me that before, when I reinstalled, when I added user barney, that a new home partition was created and overwrote the original. I'll have to try again. The big problem this time is, the system is so corrupted that my cdrom,cd-rw and usb pen drive are not accessable. Perhaps I can run the Kanotix live CD and rescue my /home and my but....ha. I do have a 3 month old backup cd of home so it won't be too bad.....
I appreciate the help. Thanks
 
Old 03-22-2006, 08:50 AM   #5
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OK, I finally noticed that Kanotix doesn't use my separate home directory when it installs! It installs /home under /. Bummer. I did rescue all emails with the Kanotix live cd, so all is not lost. I never lost anything at all.
I was trying to go to straight Debian using the Debian Pure 0.1 disk and the 14 regular Debian disks. I didn't do very well with that. I am not very savvy with the command line and had lots of trouble getting kppp going. I got the pppd going in a terminal and ok that way. Also the printer wouldn't cooperate. Just my fault
not Debian. The big deal is, I want to be able to install various programs and the
14 disks looked promising.
I will take it to my test computer and keep trying.
Thanks again

Last edited by IraB; 03-22-2006 at 08:51 AM.
 
  


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