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    reinstall question

    hello, I have 8.04 installed and due to some comlications during an upgrade it will no longer login(http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=1219249 if you can help)
    I have been considering reinstalling and need some tips/help
    i.e. how to transfer data to new install. is it posible to save settings into new install. can i transfer applications to new install?

    thanks in advance,
    HalJ

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    Re: reinstall question

    Have you tried the recovery mode? It might save you some time.

    If you have to reinstall, depending on how your HD is partitioned it might be very easy to save data and keep settings into the new installation.

    This is not the default procedure, but if you have a "/home" partition separate from your system partition (if you don't know you probably don't) you only have to keep it as your new "/home" partition in the new installation (and, of course, choose not to format it). All settings and personal data are usually in this "place" of your HD, so youĺl have it all in ready in your new system.

    If you don't have a separate "/home" partition then I guess the easiest way (unless you have too much data), is to use a live-CD of Ubuntu of other distro, mount your HD and copy your /home folder into a USB-drive or so.
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    Re: reinstall question

    good, I have the separate home partition already and that answers one question, but is it posibale to save applications?

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    Re: reinstall question

    It is much easier to reinstall them. Your settings, configurations. email, bookmarks and such are in /home, so will be retained.
    -merlin

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    Re: reinstall question

    Quote Originally Posted by halJ View Post
    good, I have the separate home partition already and that answers one question, but is it posibale to save applications?
    Nope, I have had to do multiple reinstalls lately and I still had to go through and reinstall all nonstandard programs such as Sun Java 6, Thunderbird and such.

    I have been looking for a way to easily make an install disk with my favorite programs already installed but haven't been lucky yet.

    It may help to remember such things as after installing before doing update, remove the programs that you don't use to prevent wasted time doing updates.

    I don't use Evolution mail so when I forgot to uninstall it before updating, I was gritting my teeth through about 25megabytes of unnecessary updates.

    I also remembered that after installing you can go to myspace.com and you will be prompted to install one of three flash players. There are a bunch of those little things to remember that help getting back up and running.

    I had to do all that in the midst of an online college coarse that requires 2 quizes a day. Not much time for down time.

    Edit: I'm not complaining about redoing stuff though, because it is much easier to reinstall than windows could ever dream of being. I have an old laptop with Ubuntu 8.04 for back-up when it comes to homework.

    Good luck with your reinstall. I feel your pain.
    Last edited by running_rabbit07; July 26th, 2009 at 02:55 AM.

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    Re: reinstall question

    Thats unfortunate. Thanks for the help though, I really appreciate it

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    Re: reinstall question

    I've had minor success with apton. Minor because I tested it with just a few applications when I reconfigured my machine.

    YMMV.
    "The key to everything is patience. You get the chicken by hatching the egg, not by smashing it" .... A. Glasow

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    Re: reinstall question

    That program looks like it might actually work for me, thanks Raymond.

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