[ubuntu-us-in] Ubuntu-us-in Digest, Vol 44, Issue 8

Simón Ruiz simon.a.ruiz at gmail.com
Fri Jan 13 20:14:28 UTC 2012

On Thu, Jan 12, 2012 at 3:01 PM, Sobieralski, Damian Michael
<dsobiera at indiana.edu> wrote:
> I never do upgrades as I feel Ubuntu doesn't have the person power to properly verify every permutation of an upgrade. I mount /home as a separate partition so installing new is trivially easy.  I install the OS fresh and then the /home partition has all my data already on it.  No copying between OSs is needed :)  The hardest part is reinstalling the apps.

Actually, this is more or less exactly what I do.

I avoid using the old home folder, opting instead to see what the new
defaults are, and re-configuring them to my liking if needed.

> However, if I encrytped /home (which I do not) this may not be as easy as it is w/o encryption.

I've only played with encrypted partitions once, when I traveled through China.

The only weird thing I noticed was when I changed my password, I
suddenly lost my home directory. Turns out it uses the password to
unencrypt the passphrase which unencrypts the partition, or something.
I had to go run some special utility to re-encrypt the passphrase with
my new password, and then everything returned to normal.


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