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Old 05-17-2009, 05:24 AM   #1
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Reinstalling ubuntu 8.10 without loosing data

Hello all,
Iam newbie here and to ubuntu.I have recently installed ubuntu 8.10 on my laptop hp pavilion dv5000.
While trying to install python 3, I removed python 2.5 accidentally with other packages.I cant access genome and even backing up my data. It just work on command mode only no genome desktop.Please,can help how I can backup my data and reinstall the system again?
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Old 05-17-2009, 06:40 AM   #2
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Hi, I think you don't need to reinstall : login in the terminal (normal username and password) and run "sudo apt-get python2.5" and use the same command to install anything else you may have deleted.

To reinstall without losing anything you just need to know if your /home folder is on a separate partition (again, login and run the "mount" command, if there is a separate /home entry, you can be pretty confident its on a separate partition).You can then simply reinstall without formatting your /home partition, which would be easiest.

To backup, connect a storage device, mount it ("mount /dev/devicename" -> you can see devicename in "dmesg" output, should be something like /dev/sdc1) and either run "cp -r /folder/to/backup /destination/folder" on the folder you want to backup, or run "dd if=/folder/to/backup of=/destination/folder".
Old 05-18-2009, 02:31 AM   #3
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thank you for your help!.
It is working now.


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