[ubuntu-uk] Upgrading to 12.04

Colin Law clanlaw at googlemail.com
Mon Apr 30 12:47:09 UTC 2012


On 30 April 2012 13:32, Phill Whiteside <PhillW at ubuntu.com> wrote:
> I think that the passage
>
>> When upgrading from a previous release, it is always a good idea to
>> [[https://help.ubuntu.com/community/Partitioning/Home/Moving | move /home]],
>> it gives additional safe guards for your own data. In any case, taking a
>> backup is recommended.
>
>
> Should be, placed everywhere that a user can upgrade from.

Why does that give additional safeguards for the data?  If a failed
upgrade corrupts the home directory then it will do so whether it is
on a separate partition or not.  Also if an upgrade fails then a
re-install can be performed keeping existing /home even if it is not
in a separate partition (by telling the installer not to format the
partition).

Finally no inexperienced user is going to be able to follow those
instructions.  He is more likely to lose his data trying to move it to
separate partition than he is doing an upgrade.

Where does that passage come from?

Colin



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