Tony Nelson tonynelson at georgeanelson.com
Sat Jul 16 19:31:30 UTC 2005

At 2:03 PM -0500 7/16/05, Jeffrey Lee wrote:
>On Jul 16, 2005, at 1:59 PM, Timothy Murphy wrote:
>> Tony Nelson wrote:
>>>>> Unless the update process has a way of updating all the
>>>>> configuration
>>>>> files under /home it is better to tar it up and store it
>>>>> somewhere. You can restore it in an alternate location and
>>>>> move the files that don't exist after the upgrade then use diff
>>>>> to determine what needs to changed in with the files that are left.
>>>>> That is basically what I do when I upgrade a server.
>>>> You must have lots of spare time on your hands.
>>> Or maybe he does this to save time.  It's only a few extra
>>> commands to a
>>> *nix expert (though I'd need time to figure it out):  tar, mkdir,
>>> tar, and
>>> diff.  Should be faster than troubleshooting it instead.
>> Are there actually any config files under /home
>> which are affected by installing or upgrading?
>> Which user do they belong to?

Sure.  They belong to each user.  Look for hidden files and directories.
Lots of config and settings files in ~.  Feel free to experiment.

>Does this affect fresh installs? I am about to do a fresh install of
>core 4 on a machine and then copy data over from a rh9 install

Just be careful about what you copy over.  In general, all of /etc, and
hidden files and directories (starting with a ".") contain settings.  If
you copy an entire home directory, it will copy the hidden files as well.
The old settings may work, or maybe they won't.  If you overwrite
directories, you could lose stuff.  Better to compare and merge with the
new /etc, or a new user account, using, say, diff (man diff, -r option I
think).  This goes for the various home directories and /etc at least, but
I'm too new to *nix to know what else.
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