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Old 04-28-2015, 11:57 AM   #1
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Wanted: Program to back up user preferences


Looking for a program that can save my programs and preferences so that when i
do reinstall i don't have to individually configure each program with it's preferences.


much appreciated.

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Old 04-28-2015, 12:00 PM   #2
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If using Ubuntu you should be able to just upgrade to next release, by editing /etc/apt/sources.list.
 
Old 04-28-2015, 12:02 PM   #3
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eddy1 looking for a program.
 
Old 04-28-2015, 12:24 PM   #4
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Looking for a program that can save my programs and preferences so that when i do reinstall i don't have to individually configure each program with it's preferences.
There isn't one. Make copies of your configuration files to a safe location, and back those up. After a re-install, copy the config files back, and you're done.

Also, please see the LQ Rules and the "How to ask a smart question" and "Question Guidelines" links in my posting signature. Text-speak isn't a good thing, and subject titles of "Help pls" tell us nothing. Also, you say "programs and preferences", but don't tell us what programs or preferences you're talking about, what desktop environment, or even version/distro of Linux. We can't guess.
 
Old 04-28-2015, 12:25 PM   #5
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Looking for a program that can save my programs and preferences so that when i
do reinstall i don't have to individually configure each program with it's preferences.
Hi....

Honestly, I'm not sure even one exists.

Regards...
 
Old 04-28-2015, 12:30 PM   #6
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tbone, what i'm talking about are the actual applications like firefox and thunderbird the like. i'm using mint 17. I'm asking because everytime I do a install of mint i have to go through the whole process of configuring
my applications the way i want them.

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Old 04-28-2015, 12:58 PM   #7
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tbone, what i'm talking about are the actual applications like firefox and thunderbird the like. i'm using mint 17. I'm asking because everytime I do a install of mint i have to go through the whole process of configuring my applications the way i want them.
...which is everything you left out of your initial post.

Again, you don't mention your desktop environment, but if you want to back up KDE, you'd just make a copy of your .kde4 and/or .local directories, which is where such things are housed. Firefox and Thunderbird may have their own directories...look for them in your $HOME. Gnome has a similar structure, and you can back those files up too. Be aware that you are only going to have problems doing this....because if Gnome/KDE/whatever-gui-you're-using is updated, your old settings are going to cause a LOT of problems when you try to bring the desktop up. Some features may be gone/changed/whatever, and you'll go through more headaches than if you have to set it up fresh.
 
Old 04-28-2015, 01:02 PM   #8
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Looks like a clean install of everything. backing up individual directories is not what i'm after.
thanks for your time.
 
Old 04-28-2015, 01:41 PM   #9
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Quote:
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tbone, what i'm talking about are the actual applications like firefox and thunderbird the like. i'm using mint 17. I'm asking because everytime I do a install of mint i have to go through the whole process of configuring
my applications the way i want them.
As some have said, there really isn't a program known to exist. What I and others can say is that the information relevant to your personal settings should be stored off of your user home directory, for instance if your username is "joe" and the directory /home/joe exists (which would be the most normal situation) then the specific settings files would be under /home/joe.

Two suggestions are:
  1. Save the entirety of your user home directory when you perform new installs
  2. Keep your home directory NOT on the primary Linux root disk. So that if/when you do a new fresh install, it doesn't overwrite your user data at all.
Now ... a question? Are you doing this repeatedly on the same system? If so, why? Just because you're upgrading to newer versions and this is your choice of how to upgrade? Or are you repeatedly breaking your install and needing to re-install all the time? Because if that second variation, I'd rather get to the bottom of why things get broken so much.
 
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