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Old 07-03-2008, 11:13 PM   #1
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create new boot loader configuration

hi, my greeting application crash, i try "yum install gdm" however doesnt work,
i try to insert my installer and upgrade the installation, i just want to know what will happen if i select "create new boot loader configuration" ? does my files in /home/user will be deleted?, i try the other option "skip boot loader updating" and no effects...

please help me about this matter..

Old 07-04-2008, 03:09 AM   #2
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1. gdm is not a boot loader. It's a part of Gnome/XWindow system. You do not need to reinstall boot loader to correct gdm config. Try to look at your XWindow configuration.

2. If you plan to completely reinstall the system and did not created a separate partition for your /home directory, putting your root (/) and /home directories on the same partition, probably the whole partition will be formatted, destroying the user files. You must make a backup first.
If your /home directory is on a separate partition, you can reinstall the system with no problem. In any case, backup of your files prior to reinstallation is a good practice.

If you tell what distro are you using it will be easier to give you more specific advice.

Good luck.
Old 07-04-2008, 03:30 AM   #3
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Well, it's not the same the bootloader and the X greeting app.

Bootloader gets PC control from BIOS and is the "program" that will load your linux on your machine.

Greeting app is the one that takes your user name and password and drives you to KDE or GNOME.

If gdm is crashing, you can try with kdm or just xdm.

And no, if you update your bootloader your home directory will rest as it is. Don't care.

Have fun!

Wow! That's efficiency, dr_agon!
But upgrading a single packet is not reinstalling system...
yum seems redhat or mandriva, perhaps?

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