[ubuntu-uk] Some advice

Matthew Daubney matt at daubers.co.uk
Tue May 19 11:06:26 BST 2009

On Tue, 2009-05-19 at 11:01 +0100, Sean Miller wrote:
> Should have broadband again today, so going to download an ISO and
> endeavour to fix my broken Jaunty.
> Now, a week or so ago somebody said to me that to preserve my data I
> simply asked it not to format the partition, which would leave /home
> intact.
> Two questions :-
> a. are there any potential side-effects to this (eg. files left from
> the corrupt version that interfere with the new one)?
> b. should I set up the default username as something different to the
> original (ie. if I use the same username could it decide to delete and
> recreate the user, thus blanking the home directory)?

Hi Shaun,

As with anything it'll be best to back up anything important first
(always always do this, never trust ANYTHING completley).

a) You may have one or two artifacts left over from the old install, but
you will be able to fix this fairly easily as each one is identified.

b) Use the same user, it'll be fine.

Remember, BACKUPS!

-Matt Daubney

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