Fwd: Re: reinstalling ubuntu 12.10

Barry Titterton titterton.barry at gmail.com
Fri Apr 12 15:45:29 UTC 2013

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Subject: 	Re: reinstalling ubuntu 12.10
Date: 	Fri, 12 Apr 2013 09:45:17 +0100
From: 	Barry Titterton <titterton.barry at gmail.com>
To: 	Phill Whiteside <phillw at vpolink.com>

On 08/04/13 20:21, Phill Whiteside wrote:
> Hi loannis,
> back in the crazy days it was advised to have a seperate /home.
> Whether this is still valid these days? Pass... would I ever forgo my
> seperate /home partition? Never :)
> You can do some crazy things, and bad things can happen to good
> machines. I have always preferred my "home (i.e personal data) for my
> desktop system on its' own partition. Whilst an upgrade of your system
> is designed to leave /home alone. If you have to re-install because it
> is so badly broken, the installer will not preserve your /home unless
> it is in a seperate partition. It is for each to decide.
> Regards,
> Phill.
I am a great believer in the separate Home partition as it saved my
marriage! I shall explain:-

My wife is currently studying at Durham university, and uses our main
laptop for her course work. A few weeks ago I was struggling to get Wine
working properly; I had not used the software since I had upgraded the
laptop from 10.04 to 12.04 and it would not work properly. I therefore
decided to 'purge' Wine and reinstall. I googled for the correct CLI
command but I either found an incorrect command or typed it in
incorrectly as it removed a lot more than just the Wine application. I
now had a completely broken laptop with my wife's work stuck on it. I
had no alternative to do a full reinstall of Ubuntu. A hour later I had
a fully working laptop again with all data intact. My wife was content
to only give me the 'Don't Do It Again' lecture.

PS. I have now learned my lesson. UbuntuOne is configured to synchronise
her work with our spare laptop, and I have dusted off my old backup
drive as well.


Barry T

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