View Full Version : [ubuntu] move most of /home to new install of ubuntu

October 6th, 2011, 07:59 PM
Hi everyone
I have had Ubuntu 10.10 then 11.04 installed on /dev/sda1 for the last six months, on a 58GB partition about half full, takes about a minute or so to start up, a little white cursor flaashes on and off before login screen for about 30 seconds. Does that mean it's loading a lot of stuff or what?
On /dev/sda4 there is another (fresh) install of Natty, faster and cleaner with less clutter and files. If i move my documents and music etc on to the separate ( /dev/sda5) /home folder does it slow startup as much as my first Natty?
Most important I would like to transfer my whole firefox profile, my settings etc for libreoffice and my thunderbird profile with all the emails in it. How can i do this??
Thanks everyone!

October 7th, 2011, 06:45 PM
Please? how can i move my thunderbird profile, firefox profile and complete libreoffice settings over without making a horrible mess?

Lars Noodén
October 7th, 2011, 07:10 PM
Look inside .mozilla and .mozilla-thunderbird for Firefox and Thunderbird profiles respectively. LibreOffice's profile can be found in .libreoffice Copy those directories to your new home and everything should be all set.

October 8th, 2011, 05:30 PM
Since I originally was sharing with XP, I moved my Thunderbird & Firefox profiles to a NTFS partition. I just edit my profile.ini in every new install and copy the entire profiles to my portable when we travel.


If you have installed a lot of applications and want to keep them:
from lovinglinux - use dpkg to list installed apps
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

But you may want to edit list, it is just a text file. I was reinstalling python5 until I realized why. Now you may reinstall OpenOffice but the new version is LibreOffice and you do not want both.

October 9th, 2011, 11:28 AM
Thanks a lot. Firefox and Thunderbird worked perfectly. i'll keep that in mind...

Libreoffice didn't seem to work though. I use the autocomplete function a lot, especially, it didn't use prompt all the nice long complicated words that come up in french literature and history classes :P