Feature suggestions: optionally placing home folder into separate partition during ubuntu install

Davyd McColl davydm at gmail.com
Thu Oct 28 11:54:07 UTC 2010

On Thu, 28 Oct 2010 07:33:30 +0200, Aur?lien Naldi <aurelien.naldi at gmail.com>

> If you want to keep installed packages, you can upgrade instead of
> installing from scratch (if you don't skip a version or if you go from
> LTS to LTS, otherwise it may be painful).

I'd like to just raise a paw here: the only reason I got to see the new
(and very slick!) installer is because my upgrade went pear-shaped. As
far as I can figure, one of the packages that was being upgraded was
asking a question about replacing a conf file (or something similar)
so the upgrade dialog just hung until I killed it and all the apt/dpkg
processes I could find and started again manually. I'm assuming this
created some bad juju on my machine because after the upgrade, I would
get hard hangs after a few idle hours on the machine. A clean install
doesn't exhibit the problem.
Unfortunately, this kind of thing has happened to me in the past (the
upgrade dialog stalling and when I manage to force things to start
again in a console, I see that the first package to be upgraded is
asking a question about overwriting a modified conf file). This is
just the first time (9.04->9.10->10.04->10.10) where the end result
was unusable.
If anyone can point me in the right direction, I'd like to log a
bug report -- I honestly don't know what package to choose as the
victim though.
I would also add a "me too" to the OP. I keep my /home on another
partition for all the same common reasons and it would be neat
if that were offered as an easier option for newer users -- which would
make re-installs when they break the system due to learning
slightly less painful, for example.

The competent programmer is fully aware of the limited size of his own
skull. He therefore approaches his task with full humility, and avoids
clever tricks like the plague.
- Djikstra.
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