Basil's question (move home to separate partition and restore working system)
andre.rodovalho at gmail.com
Sat Sep 13 14:01:57 UTC 2014
Yes Israel already said...
To be sure, you could simply remove all hidden files and folders on your
/home and then reinstall Lubuntu 14.04 pointing that partition as your
2014-09-13 8:43 GMT-04:00 Israel <israeldahl at gmail.com>:
> Hi Basil!
> I highly sugegst youtry my initial suggestion
> open a tty (Ctrl+Alt+F1)
> login, then:
> sudo mv ~/.config ~/config_backup
> sudo mv ~/.cache ~/cache_backup
> sudo restart lightdm
> or alternatively
> sudo stop lightdm
> sudo start lightdm
> Then it should work.... however some of your application specific
> settings will be gone.
> you can experiment moving each folder back from config_backup to .config
> Hope this does it for you.
> Also you may need to move some other hidden files if you have edited
> them by hand
> in your home directory
> On 09/13/2014 05:00 AM, Basil Fernie wrote:
> > Hi Israel,
> > No problem with the new thread, Just wasn't expecting to see my name
> > up in lights so soon in life...
> > Your suggestions were probably good, but I had this problem with 20GB
> > spare to hold 3 versions of a 30GB folder... I followed up the links
> > which were again addressing a slightly different and "easier" problem,
> > namely how to shift your /home partition at or after installation. My
> > problem is however how to "capture" an existing /home on that is
> > already on a different partition. But by pursuing the downlinks I
> > found some interesting stuff which after testing out I may be able to
> > summarise for some other coutios user. It did not get as far as
> > telling me how I could do what I wanted to do safely.
> > So I did some selective trimming and clipping and backed up /home to
> > an already full external drive and copied a carefully selected portion
> > to the LXLE partition so I could use Opera without extreme
> > contortions, hence I am able to reply to your email.
> > Then I tried to install Lubuntu 14.04.1 "over" the failed
> > installation, with preservation of /home. The installation failed in
> > the last 5% of "Restoring previously removed packages", i.e. right on
> > the last lap of the installation marathon. There was a warning that
> > the desktop manager was not working. The installation booted, to a
> > black screen with a conky. I could get a terminal window by
> > right-clicking on the desktop, and presumably could have replaced the
> > faulty or missing desktop manager with a command or two if I had a bit
> > more insight. I repeated the attempted installation with Lubuntu
> > 12.04.3 and with LXLE14.04, with exactly the same results. So I am
> > concluding that in that /home that my greedy eyes are fixed on, is a
> > poisoned desktop manager which I don't want to be accessed by my
> > working LXLE installation on the small partition.
> > So my problem has changed; all the installation DVDs have good desktop
> > managers as evidenced by fault-free live runs, but already on the hard
> > drive partition in probably the /home is a vicious evil desktop
> > manager. How can I destroy this dragon that guards Sinbad's cave full
> > of software jewels and my precious archival data?
> > Best regards,
> > Basil
> > On Thu, 11 Sep 2014 00:06:17 +0200, Israel <israeldahl at gmail.com> wrote:
> >> Hi Basil,
> >> I wanted to move this to a new thread, so it would be easier to spot in
> >> people's inbox :)
> >> OS/2 eh? I remember using that for a while. Unfortunately that was
> >> during the time of MS' big move to control the market. And well, they
> >> did. They are still trying to, however the advent of the smartphone has
> >> seriously jeopardized their chances.... much like Netscape Navigator did
> >> with IE taking over the internet (and Firefox does still against MS and
> >> Google taking over the free web)
> >> Regarding moving your home to a separate partition in a 'working'
> >> install:
> >> The potential for data loss is very real in this case. No matter what
> >> you decide to do, you should BACKUP your home partition to whatever
> >> media you have (USB/SD/external HD, etc...)
> >> This is something we should all be doing fairly periodically either way.
> >> So, here is some reading material for you.
> >> https://help.ubuntu.com/community/Partitioning/Home/Moving
> >> This seems fairly straight forward.
> >> But, if it were me, I would simply backup my /home and reinstall.
> >> See this for some info:
> >> and here is one with screenshots (albeit older, but still relevant)
> >> http://www.psychocats.net/ubuntu/installseparatehome
> >> The main consideration is that you will have to use the "Do something
> >> else" option if you choose to reinstall from a disk ever again, and set
> >> it up the same.
> >> something like:
> >> 17Gig partition mounted at /
> >> 32 Gig mounted at /home
> >> 1 Gig swap partition
> >> You can of course try the first method, and if it does not succeed you
> >> have a backup of your home anyway, and can simply reinstall.
> >> But don't share your home partition with other distros... there are lots
> >> of issues that could creep up that way, unfortunately, especially using
> >> your ~/.config directory
> >> Your ~/.config directory is the one that holds the configuration files,
> >> and may be the culprit of your current mess, though it might simply be a
> >> mess of incomplete things installed.
> >> hope this info helps your restoration process
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