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    Question Best Backup Method for Re-Install?

    I have Ubuntu 10.10 64 bit. I want to do a new install of 11.04 on the same system, without doing an upgrade.

    Is there a quick/easy backup method to re-install my programs and settings that I want? For example, I use Thunderbird as my mail client, and have about 8 e-mail addresses. It would be nice to be able to install Thunderbird again and copy whatever files are needed so I don't lose my settings.

    I want to do a re-install because my system has become quite cluttered and there is a lot I want to get rid of, so I want to be able to selectively choose what I want to restore in terms of programs.

    Any thoughts/ideas/questions welcome.

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    Re: Best Backup Method for Re-Install?

    Additionally, all of my custom settings for Compiz in terms of my desktops and hotkeys etc I don't want to lose.
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    Re: Best Backup Method for Re-Install?

    I'm basically trying to do the same thing. Only I'm going from Hardy all the way up and I know there have been a lot of changes. Plus I want to go to the Trinity release since it uses the KDE3.5 desktop (I don't like KDE4).
    Presently the only option I can see is to use a 40 gig partition that I have some virtual machines on. Really don't want to loose the vm's but it wouldn't be so bad as loosing my settings for thunderbird and other programs I have in Hardy.

    So, about the only thing I could suggest is that if you have another partition you could install kubuntu 11.0 to and the transfer things over as needed then you would have the option of booting either 10 or 11.

    I'll keep watching this thread and hope someone can help both of us!

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    Re: Best Backup Method for Re-Install?

    Check out apt-clone. It'll make a full backup of all your installed programs. Take a full backup of /home as well and that should be everything.

    It's not in the repos for 10.10, but you could try installing it from here and giving it a go. It'll be available in the repos when you install with 11.04

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    Re: Best Backup Method for Re-Install?

    You can export your compiz profile from the ccsm preferences.

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    Re: Best Backup Method for Re-Install?

    One warning about apt-clone - it does not save the config files for the applications it restores. So for instance if you had Apache installed, you'll get Apache back, but you'll still need to restore (or recreate) your httpd.conf file. At least this is how I understand it.

    I'm not sure apt-clone is the right tool for you anyway, since your goal is to get rid of clutter, and I think apt-clone would reinstall everything, clutter included.

    In your situation I would install to a blank drive, install what apps I wanted, connect my old drive and mount it somewhere in the filesystem, then copy over whatever I needed.

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    Re: Best Backup Method for Re-Install?

    I guess I'm more concerned with all my settings for a given program and where those are located.

    I can re-install the programs I use fairly easily, but say once I install a program, what do I need to copy for the settings to be the same as the were? Is it the /home/user/.programname? Or don't some settings reside it /etc?

    And what about all of my wireless networks that are saved? I guess I may be asking for more than is able to be easily accomplished...
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