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Old 07-23-2005, 05:46 AM   #1
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Can I re install FC3 and keep existing apps


When I start my FC3 computer I get the message that it can't find the inittab file and it stops. I can't figure out how to fix it and am facing the probability of having to reinstall Fedora.

However there are applications and other files which I loaded once the Linux box was up and running. As I can only access the installation CD's is there any way that I can reinstall Fedora and keep the existing applications and the files under /home/john? When I start the install process it warns me that it is going to wipe all data, etc off the disk.


Old 07-23-2005, 06:02 AM   #2
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You can do a lot from a live CD. Get a live CD (Knoppix is very popular and works very well) and you can save the /home directory.
You can split the partition, and put /home onto one half of the partition. Then install FC3 on the other half and copy everything back.
Or, when installing FC3, mount /home on the partition with the files and DO NOT format it. You WILL lose the data if you do.
Or copy /home to an external hard disk if you have one. Restore it after reinstalling FC3.
Or copy /home to a different (can be Windows FAT32) partition and restore it later.
Or copy everything without a live CD if you have Windows. Install explore2fs and copy everything to the windows partition (either FAT32 or NTFS) and copy it later.

I don't think you can save applications, though. But you can save settings, options and configuration files, like games' high scores list. To do that, just copy /home like I mentioned above, but make Kqnqueror (or whatever file browser) show all hidden files and folders. Copy them and restore them just as you would to to the data files.

Good luck


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