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    Question How do you go back to a previous version?

    IF I can't fix my upgrade (separate thread) is there a way to roll back to the old version? I upgraded from 8.04.1 to 8.10.

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    Sour Mash

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    Re: How do you go back to a previous version?

    That would require a fresh install.

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    Angry Re: How do you go back to a previous version?

    What a PITA, not the end of the world but you know what I mean
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    Re: How do you go back to a previous version?

    If you have your /home on a separate partition, it's easy and painless. I just completed such an operation on my own system this morning.

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    Re: How do you go back to a previous version?

    as I don't know what /home is then I guess I don't

    I just did a full install and followed the defaults (I'm very new to Linux)
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    Re: How do you go back to a previous version?

    /home is where your users' data and settings are stored. It's somewhat analogous to the "My Documents" folder in Windows XP (but not exactly).

    For example, if your username on your system is sourmash then your data would reside in /home/sourmash .

    As your /home directory is likely on your main (only) linux partition and you don't have a lot of saved files, it might be easiest to simply back up those files that are important to you onto some external media and do a normal reinstallation of 8.04. Then you can restore your data once your system is up and running again under 8.04.

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    Unhappy Re: How do you go back to a previous version?

    Thanks for that - can you point me at a work through to set up /home in the way you suggest please. I can then reinstall and "protect" myself for the next crash

    There's nothing of any consequence on this machine, it was a Christmas present for my daughter but it's turned into a project!
    Sour Mash

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    Re: How do you go back to a previous version?

    Here is a howto move your /home folder to its own partition.
    http://www.psychocats.net/ubuntu/separatehome

    As mentioned you can always do a backup of your files then do a clean install and create a new /home partition when installing.
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    Re: How do you go back to a previous version?

    Quote Originally Posted by darkstaar View Post
    If you have your /home on a separate partition, it's easy and painless. I just completed such an operation on my own system this morning.
    What are the steps necessary?

    Here are my partitions:
    /dev/md0 /boot
    /dev/md1 swap
    /dev/md2 /
    /dev/md3 /usr
    /dev/md4 /var
    /dev/md5 /tmp
    /dev/md6 /home

    They are all software RAID

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