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Old 08-01-2020, 07:01 AM   #1
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reinstallation ?


Hello,

I have slackware64-current on several computers, and I don't remember any reinstallation from the beginning on any of them. On the most recent computer slackware64 was installed in 2016.
Is there any good reason to reinstall everything ? A version change ?
 
Old 08-01-2020, 08:43 AM   #2
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Some reasons to reinstall:
  • A from-fresh install means the cruft goes away: things like config files in /etc that are over a decade old for programs you don't use any more.
  • A from-fresh install lets one change to different file systems or partitioning schemes.
  • There is always a chance of upgrades breaking something. I speak in general at this last, not specifically for Slackware, because I don't upgrade my Slackware installs.
  • On some distros (I do not know if this applies to slackware, though I suspect it does) if you wait too long between upgrades, things will break. 2016 to 2019 could, on some distros, be too long

Main reason against reinstall is having to recompile a bunch of stuff.
 
Old 08-01-2020, 11:59 AM   #3
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Are your installations of Slackware64-current up to date?
 
Old 08-01-2020, 01:00 PM   #4
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Yes they are, and also for the .new files
 
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Old 08-01-2020, 01:31 PM   #5
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I don't know much about desktop, but on the server side, if you regularly follow the changelog and take care of the .new files Slackware64-current it's OK! You also have to be careful with major versions of Perl/Python and a few other packages that you have definitely learned since 2016.
I have Slackware64-current production servers also from 2016 with some packages compiled from sources and they are still functional.
 
Old 08-01-2020, 08:05 PM   #6
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I think this is a classic case of "if it ain't broke, don't fix it."

If everything is up-to-date and functioning properly, and you are regularly running the slackpkg clean command, I would see no reason to reinstall just for the sake of reinstalling.
 
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Old 08-01-2020, 08:48 PM   #7
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I think this is a classic case of "if it ain't broke, don't fix it."

If everything is up-to-date and functioning properly, and you are regularly running the slackpkg clean command, I would see no reason to reinstall just for the sake of reinstalling.
I agree. However, sometimes it's fun to do a reload of -current. I did a reload of -current this afternoon because I wanted to redo my partition scheme and set-up a dual boot with my favorite BSD. That was enjoyable.
 
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