OT: Tips for clean installs

Patricia Wilson wilson.pr.gm at gmail.com
Mon Mar 30 18:56:46 UTC 2009

Thank you for a very nice (and succinct) list of suggestions. I am going to
hold off on Jaunty until May or June to see what rough edges get knocked

I also pray for Israel.

On Mon, Mar 30, 2009 at 9:42 AM, Nigel Ridley <nigel at prayingforisrael.net>wrote:

> I just did a clean install of Jaunty Beta (9.04).
> In the process I managed to do a few things that I would have done
> differently had I thought
> about it more.
> So here are some tips to ease your fresh install:
> 1. When making backups to CD/DVD choose the option to save as a 'backup' -
> it preserves your file
> permissions (you will need them after the install).
> 2. After burning your backup CD/DVD's -- check them! Although I chose the
> 'copy hidden files'
> option, K3b didn't actually include them. I had to add them by dragging and
> dropping from Konqueror.
> 3. If you did burn your backup CD/DVD's without using the 'backup' option
> and you now find that
> all your files are read only -- just do a:
> 'find [YOURDIR] -type f -exec chmod 644 {} \;' (without the quotes and
> replacing [YOURDIR] with
> the directory that you want to change the permissions on). This will
> recursively change the
> permissions on all files below the parent directory as rw r r (which is to
> give the owner
> read/write permissions and everybody else just read permissions).
> 4. Make sure that you have enabled all the necessary apt sources
> (repositories) before giving apt
> a list of all the apps that you had installed previously ('dpkg
> --get-selections >
> list-of-installed-packages').
> 5. Take some time to get used to KDE 4.2 if you are moving from 3.x as I
> did. It isn't so bad -
> just needs some time to adjust to new ways of doing things.....
> 6. Don't rush it! I spent several hours just preparing for the backup --
> loads of old files to
> clear out, old emails (especially those space hoggers with attachments);
> and watch out for the
> .thumbnails and the .srtigi dirs -- they can be huge!
> 7. You are also going to need a few hours of quiet (no wife or kids - they
> always seem to bother
> you just when you need to do something really really important) to set up
> your new system to your
> liking.
> Have fun....
> Blessings,
> Nigel
> P.S. I love my wife and [5] children :-)
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Patricia Wilson
Apache Junction, AZ
Member NRA, ARRL
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