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    How To Save /Home To USB?

    I upgraded to 12.x version on my netbook and it takes a long time to load to login screen, when I enter my password it "failed to load Ubuntu client". I can get to a terminal. Based on other forum comments, I need to save my /home to a USB and do a fresh install. How do I copy my /home to a USB? Thank you.

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    Re: How To Save /Home To USB?

    Did you have multiple users?

    Do you see your current /home in terminal?

    Have you run full updates from terminal?

    This is to copy to a separate partition but uses same commands.
    To move /home uses rsync- Be sure to use parameters to preserve ownership & permissions
    https://help.ubuntu.com/community/Pa...ng/Home/Moving


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    Re: How To Save /Home To USB?

    If you want to just save your home and do a fresh install do this..

    (1)Log in as root if you cannot mount the usb as your self.
    (2)cd /home

    (3)tar -pcvf whatever_u_want.tar.gz /your_dir
    tar The compression program
    the -p Preserves the permissions
    the c creates
    the v stands for verbose
    the f stands for file(s)

    i.e. root#cd /home
    root#tar -pxvf peter.tar.gz /peter
    root#cp -r peter.tar.gz /path_to_usb/usb
    ***reinstall as you planned***
    ***login to new install***
    root#cd /path_to_usb/usb/
    root#cp -r peter.tar.gz /home
    root#cd /home
    root#rm -rf peter
    root#tar -xvf peter.tar.gz (This will crate dir "peter")
    root#cd peter/
    root# all done.....

    This is all assuming your path to your home dir is /home

    If this all works for you and you use this method vs. the other suggested method message me when you have your new install up and running and I will give you the steps to backing up your home dir once a week or month or etc to either a back up partition or network drive or ftp site. I lost a drive once and lost a lot of info so I back my home dir up once a week.

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    Re: How To Save /Home To USB?

    Meant to type i.e. root#cd /home
    root#tar -pcvf peter.tar.gz /peter

    not
    i.e. root#cd /home
    root#tar -pxvf peter.tar.gz /peter

    Quote Originally Posted by fibercut View Post
    If you want to just save your home and do a fresh install do this..

    (1)Log in as root if you cannot mount the usb as your self.
    (2)cd /home

    (3)tar -pcvf whatever_u_want.tar.gz /your_dir
    tar The compression program
    the -p Preserves the permissions
    the c creates
    the v stands for verbose
    the f stands for file(s)

    i.e. root#cd /home
    root#tar -pxvf peter.tar.gz /peter
    root#cp -r peter.tar.gz /path_to_usb/usb
    ***reinstall as you planned***
    ***login to new install***
    root#cd /path_to_usb/usb/
    root#cp -r peter.tar.gz /home
    root#cd /home
    root#rm -rf peter
    root#tar -xvf peter.tar.gz (This will crate dir "peter")
    root#cd peter/
    root# all done.....

    This is all assuming your path to your home dir is /home

    If this all works for you and you use this method vs. the other suggested method message me when you have your new install up and running and I will give you the steps to backing up your home dir once a week or month or etc to either a back up partition or network drive or ftp site. I lost a drive once and lost a lot of info so I back my home dir up once a week.

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