[ubuntu-uk] backup home folder

alan c aeclist at candt.waitrose.com
Fri Sep 17 13:35:43 BST 2010

On 16/09/10 09:57, Alan Lord (News) wrote:
> One gotcha that you should be aware of when using a fresh operating
> system install is that usernames and groups in linux are actually really
> numbers (UID and GID) and the name is mapped to the UID in /etc/passwd.
> If you are the first user (the admin user) on Ubuntu your UID should be
> 1000 - try typing
> ls -n
> in a terminal window.
> When you install a new system the user you create during that install is
> assigned the UID and GID 1000. Clearly, if you back up your
> home/username directory and you are not the first user (perhaps your UID
> is 1002 for example) then you will need to be aware of this and change
> the UID/GID of your home directory's data.

To help me be more clear on this:
Am I correct in understanding that as long as the original
is copied or backed up while being signed on as first user, then the 
subsequent paste into the new install will be ok?

alan cocks
Ubuntu user

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