Ubiquity - setting a separate /home by default

Colin Watson cjwatson at ubuntu.com
Wed May 14 12:05:00 UTC 2008

On Wed, May 14, 2008 at 09:57:58AM +0200, David Prieto wrote:
> Hi Colin,
> > I presume that you did not instruct the installer to format the old
> > /home partition? (If you did, then why?)
> Actually yes, and I never realised how dumb it was until I read your
> message. I just was used to formatting before installing, so I guess I
> never gave it any thought.

Ah, OK. (I think this problem goes away once people stop being educated
to explicitly format partitions that they want to keep.)

> So, what is supposed to happen if you do NOT check the format box? Is
> everything but your /home destroyed, or is anything else kept? Probably
> a dumb question, but I've never done it so I can't know.

https://wiki.ubuntu.com/UbiquityPreserveHome lists the items that are
removed. Essentially, it's everything that's owned by the packaging
system and that would be likely to create bizarre conflicts if bits of
it were from an old installation and bits of it were from a new one.
/home, /srv, /root, /usr/local, /var/local, and in general any
unrecognised parts of the file system are retained.


Colin Watson                                       [cjwatson at ubuntu.com]

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