Warty : reinstalling, quick question...

Philippe Landau lists at mailry.net
Sun Mar 13 09:16:40 UTC 2005

Ed Fletcher wrote:
> Vincent Trouilliez wrote:
>> Currently I have installed Warty with a separate /home partition.
>> I would like to reinstall Warty without it losing the data of my /home
>> partition. Is this possible ?
>> I seem to remember that the partitioner has a few options, including "do
>> not format" and "do not use", I think. How should I proceed to to 
>> reinstall Warty and tell it to reuse the
>> existing /home partition and KEEP my existing data ? Should I mark the 
>> partition as "DO use" but "do NOT format" ? I think I have already 
>> managed to achieve this, so I know it's possible,
>> but it's so dusty in my memory that I would like to be 100% certain what
>> to do, as I would rather like to get it right first time, and not lose
>> my data.
>> Regards,
>> Vince, about to re-install his little Warty this morning...
> I sure that you can reuse your existing home partition and keep all the 
> data you have in it.  I can't remember the exact way you do this in 
> Ubuntu, but most distributions have you select what partition you want 
> as root and where you want to mount all the other partitions.  Note that 
> this step comes after the disk has been partitioned, so if you are not 
> going to change the size of any partition, you don't have to run the 
> partition tool.
i think in ubuntu warty it is part of the partitioning tool:


Partition your disks

     * First you will be given the opportunity to erase and 
automatically partition an entire disk. This is recommended for new 
users, but if you have any valuable data on the disk, be sure to back it 
up first, as it will be erased!

     * If you do not want to erase an entire disk, or if you want to 
customize the partition layout, choose "Manually edit partition table" 
from the menu, and the next screen will show you your partition table, 
how the partitions will be formatted, and where they will be mounted.
     * Select a partition to modify or delete it. Remember to assign at 
least one partition for swap space and to mount a partition on /. Choose 
"Finish partitioning and write changes to disk" when you are finished.

     * After confirmation, the installer formats your partitions and 
starts to install the base system, which can take a while. That is 
followed by installing a kernel, then by copying the remainder of the 
packages on the CD to your hard disk so that you no longer need the CD.

> Select the partition you use as /home and select the 'do not format' 
> option.
> It's a good idea to print (or write down) all the mount points you're 
> using in the current install.  IE: /dev/hda1 on root, /dev/hda2 on /usr, 
> etc.

kind regards     philippe

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