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Old 11-01-2007, 02:07 AM   #1
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How to save settings, passwords, etc. before doing clean install from 10.2 to 10.3

I hate having to "re-invent" all of my settings, passwords, etc., each time I upgrade SUSE. How can I save all my personal settings and etc. before doing a "clean install" from 10.2 to 10.3?

Thank you for any help at all...
Old 11-01-2007, 04:26 AM   #2
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Do you have any removable media to save the settings on?

Do you lose/re-create your home directory when upgrading?

Is /home a seperate filesystem (mount point) or a part of the root filesystem (/)?

If /home gets overwritten, then you will probably need to back up a fair bit before the upgrade.

Most files that you might need to re-create / restore (if not in /home) are likely to be in /etc

Therefore you may want to start by:

tar cf /media/usb_disk/my_backup.tar /etc /home

(assumes you have a USB disk mounted on /media/usb_disk and that there is enough storage to complete the tar)

*** This is the minimum I would do before upgrading! ***

Depending on what you have installed and what settings you normally need to change you may need to backup different areas!

to list the contents of a tar file:

tar tf /media/usb_disk/my_backup.tar
(note that the lead / has been removed from the file.

restore a single file from a tar file (to a different place):
cd /media/usb_disk
tar xf /media/usb_disk/my_backup.tar -l etc/passwd etc/shaddow
This will create two files /media/usb_disk/etc/passwd and /media/usb_disk/etc/shaddow

These can be compared to the existing files or can replace the existing files (be very careful when replacing system files!)
Old 11-01-2007, 08:54 PM   #3
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as Disillusionist was suggesting between the lines you should take care of creating a separate /home partition if you are anyway doing a clean install of opensuse 10.3. this has several, mainly 2 advantages:

1. you will not anymore have to backup your /home data files, passwords etc.
2. if the system crashes or you have to reinstall/upgrade for any other reason your /home partition can be just included after install without setting up anything

to your question; it is enough to backup your /home directory by any kind of backup. you just have to restore it after your fresh install


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