FW: Kubuntu re-install without loss of data

Martin Laberge mlsoft at videotron.ca
Wed Jan 7 02:03:07 UTC 2009

On Monday 05 January 2009 23:49:29 Ray Burke wrote:
> Anyone out there know how to re-install Kubuntu without losing any data
> as been advised by japan solution centre(brother printers) that to resolve
> my problem with the printer dcp130c to work again on Kubuntu ,after initially
> working, but cant seem to re-install drivers, I need to re-install Kubuntu??????????
> ray

in fact you can't.

you can achieve almost all system state than before,
but you will forget to set a system-variable or two.

a complete reinstall of the current state of the system
is a very complex thing. 

much more complex than just a format/install thing

a total reinstall to the same state, includes a total
review of all softwares installed, and their configuration
(both at the user level and the system level)
and CAN BE ACHIEVED with a high level knowledge of
all these softwares running. (http/ftp/ssh/nfs/.../firewalls/.../)

No script exist at this date, as I know it, who could do this.

I am currently working at a system script, who would snapshot a
working system, with configurations, and reimplement it totally,
after a fresh reinstall.

But the situations of a perfectly working system in Linux, are
so diverses, and so differents, that it will allways stand
on a comprehensive study and understanding of a system to be
able to replicate it.

(i.e.: you will have to use your brain, and work hard.)

We can simplify it with scripts, but you have to understand what you do.

Martin Laberge
mlsoft at videotron.ca
30 Years of Unix Admin, and still learning...

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