Re: Upgrading the builds. Need a sticky how to written.
That little phrase is what makes such a guide nearly impossible to write.
Originally Posted by oldsoundguy
OK, so I've seen people say backup /home and everything under it. That's just the tip of the iceberg!!
To get "anything else of importance" you would have to be able to identify and save off EVERY single customization a person did. And, in the case of Ubuntu, every one of those would most likely be resident in a different place and file.
Just to name a few: boot menu changes, boot screens, startup settings, account settings, run-level customizations, driver customizations, desktop themes, font changes, installed applications -- with all their config settings (default and custom), all their runtime files, and all their account-related files and data files -- anything build from source (regardless of where the make scripts ended up putting the intermediate and final components). Lets not forget anything they installed or customized with Wine or Crossover, or Play4Linux, or ... or ...
And every one of these different things has the potential to have a myriad of files scattered all over the file system. Sure, most things are in "bin" directories -- but which ones? user/bin? user/local/bin? user/sbin?
The end result of attempting to save "anything of importance" of a well-customized install could easily ramp up to hundreds and hundreds if not thousands of files.
And you know how this will work ... even if such a "backup" feature was available, the few times it missed a handful of minor things are the times that folks will be yelling and screaming the loudest about how an upgrade "trashed their system"!!
I do agree, however, that a simpler mechanism for saving off the current installation (along the same lines as "windows.old" in some MS upgrades) would be a useful recovery mechanism in the case that an upgrade really trashed the current install. This approach would create an archive of the current installation and save it into a single file, and create an entry in the menu.lst file such that you could choose that and restore your current installation from the backup. Despite all the heated bashing we read of MS on these forums, they do have this mechanism already in place for major OS upgrades. It would be really great if Canonical could do something along the same lines for Ubuntu -- instead of messing around with wallpapers and boot screens.
But .. that's just my opinion ... for what it's worth (not much).
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