[ubuntu-uk] Ubuntu Version Downgrading

gazz pmgazz at gmx.co.uk
Mon Nov 15 12:22:53 GMT 2010

On Sun, 2010-11-14 at 00:04 +0000, Alan Pope wrote:

> On 13 November 2010 22:42,  <bodsda at googlemail.com> wrote:
> > I'm gonna have to run through the installer again then, because I don't remember seeing it automatically ask me about /home,
> It doesn't ask you about /home at all. It's a kinda hidden feature.
> > and if you were doing it manually and didn't specify a mount point for /home and didn't format / then would anything actually happen?
> >
> If you were doing manual partitioning over the top of an existing
> linux install (i.e. a filesystem exists which contains /bin /etc /var
> /usr /home and so on, and you choose not to format that filesystem,
> and you choose to install on it, then it will recursively delete all
> files in /bin /etc /var /usr and so on, but _not_ touch /home within
> that filesystem.
> I find myself explaining this to people about once a month. It's such
> a hidden gem of a feature so many people don't know about it, but it's
> the single most useful "upgrade without upgrading" feature.
> Al.

I found out by accident cos I had /home on a separate partition in the
old-fashioned way - but still didn't know you could still do it
with /home on the root partition - it's a very useful tip so maybe put a
how-to on the web and then you'll only have to post the link :) 

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