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Thread: Rinstall and retain settings

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    Rinstall and retain settings

    My Ubuntu 8.04 is all screwed up after an upgrade from 7.10. I therefore wish to do a clean reinstall but retain settings and preferences from all my programmes.

    My data is on /home so no problem. I have a copy of /etc/fstab for mount points. Are there any other directories I should retain - copy back? I read that one should retain /user/local (better still, put it on its own partition) but this advice may be out-of-date now.

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    Re: Rinstall and retain settings

    sll of your settings, prefs, etc.. for you are retained in your /home/username/ folder, just copying it somewhere safe externally off the main OS hard drive and once done re-installing should do the trick, however some things may need to be re-set + that all applicaitons will need to be re-installed.
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    Re: Rinstall and retain settings

    With a copy of /home you should be good to go.

    Make sure you set your users up in the same order (or at least with the same user id's) as before, or you'll get permissions problems when trying to use your backed-up /home.

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