[RndTbl] keeping /home contents with another distro install

Robert Keizer robert at keizer.ca
Fri Apr 25 12:07:32 CDT 2014

Beware of dotfiles in Ubuntu / Mint.
 * Confirm UID/GID numbers correspond between the two systems or chown
as appropriate.
 * Many applications will simply break if there are version
differences between the two distros ( assuming they rely on valid
dotfiles.. which _many_ do ).

I would simply start fresh and migrate data later. If you want to
install it on the same partition definitely think about not using the
same username to avoid issue above.

On Fri, Apr 25, 2014 at 11:50 AM, Kat <uniquegeek at gmail.com> wrote:
> Why does Ubuntu recommend you keep the account names you already had?  Is
> this just a convenience thing for re-attaching the home directories, or is
> there something else going on?
> https://help.ubuntu.com/community/Partitioning/Home/Moving
> No drives or partitions are encrypted.  Basically, my install of Ubuntu has
> problems all over the place (including not playing nice with my ATI Radeon
> HD 3450 after an upgrade), and I want to start from scratch with Mint when I
> re-install anyway.  When I installed last time around, I made several
> partitions and I put my /boot, /, and, /home (which is ext4 on sdb4), all on
> different partitions.
> (I have another install on another drive too, but that's a whole other ball
> of wax I don't care about at the moment.  GRUB looks pretty messy.)
> The obvious thing to me is to make sure you don't select "format" when you
> set up your partitions in the installer (!), but I'm feeling paranoid about
> "I don't know what I don't know..." before I commit...
> Should I create a new /home on my install drive and change it to sdb4 later,
> or should I just let it get attached during the install process?
> --
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> Katherine Scrupa
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