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Old 08-09-2003, 08:02 PM   #1
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Need help on upgrading to Slackware 9.0

I'm a definite newbie. I am currently running Mandrake 9.1 but I remeber a few yrs ago I tested
Linux on my machine and used slackware. I liked it much more. Now I want to upgrade but I
don't want to loose all of my files and programs that I've installed. I know that the drive is
partitioned so that you don't have to, i'm just not sure how to make it so when I go through the
slack install. Could you guys please help me? Thanks
Old 08-09-2003, 11:33 PM   #2
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Hi Scorpion

If your talking about overlaying Slackware on top of your existing Mandrake partitions then all your data and programs would be wiped in those partitions - you can't ""upgrade"" from Mandrake to Slackware in this sense even if you keep the exact same sizes etc.

If you've got some free unpartitioned space at the end of your drive, you can install Slack there - you would then have a dual boot scenario and you could mount your Mandrake Root/Home partitions in Slackware to get access to your files from Mandrake etc.
Old 08-10-2003, 01:57 AM   #3
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Well, I think what he might be asking is, if he's got /home on a separate partition, say, can he install Slack and keep /home. And, yeah - just don't format it - say Mandrake root and swap and home are /dev/hda5,6,7. Just install Slack to hda5 (you do need to format/erase and start fresh on that one - like Skyline says, you can't 'upgrade') and don't mess with 6 & 7 except to mount them into the Slack root filesystem. I can't remember the details but it'll be pretty clear what to do once you start installing - just remember that you've already got stuff partitioned and want to preserve most of what you've got.

Flipside is I'd expect a lot of your personal configs will be broken but it's a lot easier to adjust part than having to recreate all.


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