How to Install Clean Without Trashing /home or other usable data
Robin.Laing at drdc-rddc.gc.ca
Fri Oct 28 18:17:55 UTC 2005
> In the "Why Fedora?" thread, Michael A. Peters wrote:
> > On Fri, 2005-10-28 at 12:21 -0400, David-Paul Niner wrote:
> >> Fortunatly, in the Linux world, upgrading (for me
> >>anyway), has always been a matter of nfs mounting a remote /home
> >>directory. Obviously, the same could be achieved with a local drive
> >>(and doing thorough backups!).
> > Yes - that's what I do.
> > Not NFS, though - just a separate /home partition.
> > I back up my ssl certs etc. - then do a clean install but don't
> > format /home
> That's it? Just don't format /home, but format all other partitions?
> (Could I perhaps get away without formatting /var/lib, if I break that
> off as separate? I keep databases and home-built yum repos there.)
> Can I manage that if I use Logical Volume Management?
> And once I do that: do I then have to re-establish all user accounts in
> the order in which I created them to begin with?
As an option, move your home brew stuff to the /home partition/drive
and then link to it.
A list of critical files would be really nice to rebuild a basic system.
I usually make a copy of my /etc directory when I do a new install.
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