Best way to upgrade from FC5 to FC8

Cassian Luppu cassian.luppu at gmail.com
Tue Mar 4 14:44:11 UTC 2008


2008/3/4, Richard Shaw <hobbes1069 at gmail.com>:
>
> 2008/3/4 Cassian Luppu <cassian.luppu at gmail.com>:
>
> >
> >
> > 2008/3/4, Patrick O'Callaghan <pocallaghan at gmail.com>:
> > > On Tue, 2008-03-04 at 14:11 +0100, Cassian Luppu wrote:
> > > > Hi all,
> > > >
> > > > I´m using FC5 in one of my desktop computers. Yes, I do know it is
> > > > pretty old-fashioned, and I´m about to upgrade to FC8.
> > >
> > >
> > > It's F8 actually. The "core" terminology was dropped after FC6.
> >
> > Ups, yeah, I always forget that one :)
> >
> >
> > > > I just wanted to ask you guys what is the best way to get it running
> > > > with the less problems possible, I know I´ll have to face some of
> > > > then.
> > > >
> > > > I guess that setting up the FC8 repositories and yum upgrade
> wouldn´t
> > > > be the best way, would it?
> > >
> > >
> > > I'd advise against it. Fedora is not guaranteed to work even doing an
> > > upgrade from one version to the next (I've done it but frequently I
> find
> > > myself doing a fresh install after a while).
> >
> >
> >
> > Exactly, I did knew that, I just one a confirmation :-)
> >
> >
> > > It's almost certainly
> > > easier to back up your user data (/home, /etc, /usr/local, ...) and
> > > install from scratch. Take a list of your RPMs as well ('rpm -qa
> --last
> > > > LIST') just in case.
> > > poc
> >
> >
> > The problem here is that the /home/user I want to keep is 16GB, so it's
> > going to be a pain to trasnfer it. I blame myself for not creating the
> > partion when I installed the system
> >
> > Any other advice?
> >  Thank you very very much
> > C
>
>
> I had a similar problem and got around it by doing this:
>
> 1. Booting to the rescue disk
> 2. Chroot-ing to the root of my installation.
> 3. Making a backup directory off the root and moving everything I want
> to keep into it. (/home,/var,/etc)
> 4. Deleting everything else I could (not everything is a real file) a
> la 'rm -rf'
> 5. Reboot loading the normal install and choosing to preserve my
> current partitions.
> 6. Copying as needed out of /backup after install.
>
> Worked like a charm for me but YMMV.



Oh, Richard, that sounds perfect for me!
However, why did you chrooted your / to create  /backup?
Isn't it enought to just create /backup and move everything into it?
I mean, why booting using the rescue disk and all that to move just /home?

Thanks!
C
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