[ubuntu-uk] Pasting home directory into new and version upgrade installs?

Andy Braben andybraben at gmail.com
Sat Sep 18 17:11:53 BST 2010

On 18 September 2010 16:40, Will Bickerstaff <will.bickerstaff at gmail.com> wrote:
> On Sat, Sep 18, 2010 at 3:11 PM, Alan Lord (News) <alanslists at gmail.com> wrote:
>> All good questions and I think we should provide you a decent answer
>> that is a foolproof as can be.
>> Wiki?
> Definitely a topic worth a wiki page. As you say Alan, these are all
> good questions that don't have obvious answers to those that 'don't
> get it', and none of them are uncommon. In fact they are all
> reasonable questions that anyone about to undertake an upgrade
> probably should be asking, and finding out what will happen before
> starting.
> --

Well I have done two upgrades from 8.04 LTS to 10.04 LTS. One was a
straight upgrade through the update manager which worked flawlessly.

The second was where the home directory was on a separate partition,
and the system partition was not large enough to house the temporary
file structure during upgrade, so I did a clean install of 10.04LTS
over 8.04LTS which formatted the system partition and preserved the
home directory which did leave a couple of problems.

The first was the top right hand corner of the top panel was totally
missing the network icon (although connectivity was working perfectly
through ethernet cable, the gwibber icon was missing (maybe a good
thing going by recent posts!) and there was no restart/shutdown icon.
"Add to panel" sorted out that issue.

The second problem was Firefox was reporting flash not installed, even
though it was. This was a more taxing issue. After scratching my head
a few times and trying a few things, I created a new account on the
machine, and flash worked perfectly with that account. So I had to
back up bookmarks, delete ~/.firefox, restore bookmarks, then all was
well. A complaint was made shortly after that history and cookies had
disappeared for good.

I doubt if anything other than the default install and Gimp is on this
machine, so someone doing a similar upgrade with a host of other
applications, including some KDE apps like I have, may hit other
additional problems upgrading by formatting.

Having used Ubuntu since 6.06LTS and upgraded every six months through
every distribution by the standard method, I don't think I have hit
any issues to report.

I think a wiki could be very useful, but there are bound to be
different issues formatting upgrading between different versions.

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