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    Transfer Files and settings

    I recently installed Ubuntu 11.10 32 bit on my laptop. It is a Dual boot with windows 7. My laptop is a 64 bit system i had downloaded both .iso files and installed the wrong one. I would like to convert to the 64 bit OS But i didn't realize that i had installed the 32 bit version until after i finished setting up everything and configuring all my settings. I am wondering if i could either upgrade the 32 bit version to the 64 bit version and save settings or un-install the 32 bit version and install the 64 bit version and transfer all the settings and programs. If there is a way is it worth the work?

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    Re: Transfer Files and settings

    copy your /home/$user directory. (control+h in nautilus to show hidden stuff) to removable media
    Install the correct OS version creating the same user when/if prompted.
    restore the copy of /home/$user (as root)
    rm /home/$user/.config
    rm /home/$user/.gconf
    Logout as root
    Login as $user

    Programs would have to be re-installed.
    Last edited by Habitual; March 20th, 2012 at 09:05 PM.
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    Re: Transfer Files and settings

    Is there a way i could get a program list and then run apt-get install $PROGRAMLIST or something of that sort.

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    Re: Transfer Files and settings

    I have used this on my last several upgrades, but now there are so many changes I may have to do a lot of editing to not install a lot of obsolete apps.

    from lovinglinux - use dpkg to list installed apps
    http://ubuntuforums.org/showpost.php...75&postcount=5
    http://kevin.vanzonneveld.net/techbl...selectupgrade/
    From old install
    dpkg --get-selections > ~/my-packages
    From New install
    sudo dpkg --set-selections < my-packages
    sudo apt-get -y update
    sudo apt-get dselect-upgrade

    I was still installing python2.5 and realized there is a lot of things you may not want. OO has changed to LO, it list kernels so you want to remove those and many other changes. It is just a text file so you can easily edit it. It using the same version of Ubuntu you should not have any of the old app issues.
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    Re: Transfer Files and settings

    Thanks ill try it out this weekend.

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    Re: Transfer Files and settings

    When i right click and select copy on the home folder it says i am transferring 186 some gigabytes of data. I have no files saved in that directory is that accurate?

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    Re: Transfer Files and settings

    I moved Firefox & Thunderbird profiles to a shared partition. They are hidden folders in /home but my /home is about 2GB and most of that is .wine with Picasa.

    If you are getting 186GB from an otherwise empty /home something does not seem correct.

    Have you emptied trash, checked for large files/folders?

    HOWTO: Recover Lost Disk Space - drs305
    http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=1122670
    HOWTO: Cleaning up all those unnecessary junk files...
    http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=140920
    Caution deborphan will delete anything you manually installed. See comment:

    #check for large files:
    sudo du -h --max-depth=1 / | grep '[0-9]G\>' # folders larger than 1GB
    sudo find / -name '*' -size +1G # files larger than 1GB
    find . -maxdepth 1 -type d ! -name . -exec du -sh '{}' \; | sort -h
    dpkg-query -Wf '${Installed-Size}\t${Package}\n' | sort -n
    gksudo nautilus /root/.local/share/Trash/files # Be sure to enable viewing of hidden files.
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    Re: Transfer Files and settings

    FWIW: If you have a remote filesystem (a fileserver maybe?) mounted in your home directory (have a look in .gvfs for example) it wants to copy all those files as well.

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