Kubuntu 6.10 Report (Positive)

D. Michael McIntyre michael.mcintyre at rosegardenmusic.com
Fri Nov 10 16:24:35 UTC 2006

On Friday 10 November 2006 7:09 am, Eric B wrote:

> I have also taken the time to do quick text file notes to myself,
> concerning /etc/apt/sources.list additions I have made, and other
> assorted special tweaks I've done.  Save all those into your /home
> directory <and therefore on it's own partition>, and there are no
> more worries about upgrading.

I'm not in the habit of formatting/reinstalling to upgrade, but I do use a new 
hard drive as an opportunity to sweep up all the cruft.  (I ran Sid for 
years, and wound up with a lot of crufty little tidbits that broken packages 
never dealt with properly.)

I take a copy of /usr/local, /usr/src, and /etc, and put them on the /home 
partition before the move.  It works well, though the result over time is I 
have an unbelievable amount of cruft in my ~ directory.  I have several 
forgotten /etc directories, configuration files for hundreds or thousands of 
applications I don't even remember running, etc.  I'm going to have to clean 
it up one of these days, but cleaning a computer is about as interesting as 
cleaning a real house, and it's so much easier just to jam unlabeled brown 
boxes in the closet to deal with some other day.  I have a BIG closet now.  I 
won't have to face the contents of those boxes for years.  :D

D. Michael McIntyre 

Author of Rosegarden Companion http://rosegarden.sourceforge.net/tutorial/
See my new music stand unfolding at http://users.adelphia.net/~silvan/

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