[oclug] Basic question
kevinmcl at magma.ca
Wed Oct 2 20:49:15 EDT 2002
I've got SuSE 8.1 on order, and SOME people
claim that 8.1 does a generally decent job
of upgrading, compared to previous versions
-- as opposed to doing a clean install of the
However, I don't trust my luck all that much.
So, my TWO questions are:
1) Before clearing out to install a new version,
what would YOU save, and why?
To me, the only obvious things are my
e-mail, my documents and web stuff
that I have written, etc. -- basically, stuff
that I have created.
2) If you were doing a new install, and
anticipated doing it again, in future,
what kind of partition split and mount point
assignment would you create?
In other words (for question 2) I'm thinking
in terms of "one partition gets stuff that you
would want to keep through the install/updates,
and the other would keep system stuff.
Without a lot of experience, is there anything
worth saving from /etc? I mean, I'm the one
without much Linux knowledge, so if I saved
stuff I probably wouldn't recognize which
parts to re-use in the new environment, and
which to abandon. Granted, there's lots
of configuration stuff in there, but what are
the chances that it'll be useful in the new
environment -- with at least a new kernel,
and probably newer X, newer file and
window managers, and many newer versions
of applications and tools. It's just as likely,
isn't it, that any config files that you save
would conflict with newer environment and
apps, rather than give you a headstart on
configuring a stable, functional system... or
In general terms, I don't know how to even
weight the considerations, let alone know
if I have the right idea or am entirely out
Somebody give me a hint? :-)
Also, SuSE setup does a lot of detecting and
configuring, but they've been moving to
a different model. 8.0 had config files
in rather different places than 6.x and 7.x
used to do.
My first inclination is to just save my own
data, and let the Installation and Setup
procedure take care of all the rest, and
resign myself to weeks of re-configuring
all the programs that I use. I know it sounds
like the coward's way out, but... comments?
"DIRty DEEDS, and they're DONE dirt cheap."
[Sing it with me, now...]
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