Fresh install?

Michael Hirsch mdhirsch at
Thu Oct 16 00:15:33 BST 2008

On Wed, Oct 15, 2008 at 2:54 PM, David McGlone <d.mcglone at> wrote:
> Ok this piques my interest. why copy /etc and /var? what if the fresh install
> made changes to some files in those directories that your backups of /etc
> and /var didn't have?

I don't usually backup /var, but I always back up /etc.  What if the
new install overwrites one of my configs, or is incompatible with it?
I want to know how I had the X server setup before so that I can try
to fix the new one.  I want to recall how I had my dhcp setup to
override the DNS entry and what if it is overwritten.  What is my new
fstab is missing something that worked before?

/etc/ contains all of my system configuration.  I back it up so that
if I ever wonder how it used to work I can find it.  Or, god forbid, I
decided to reinstall the old version I have a complete backup of what


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