Restoring Home directory after booting live CD
gunksta at gmail.com
Thu Jan 12 19:20:45 UTC 2006
On 1/10/06, Chanchao <custom at freenet.de> wrote:
> On my office computer I would like to run Ubuntu, but currently I
> can't install it there for various reasons.
> I used the Live CD for a while, and can configure some settings pretty
> quickly now, and if I basically never turn the thing off then I keep my
> settings.. yet... sometimes I just have to restart, or boot up
> windows for some reason, then I have to start from scratch again. :(
> So I backed up my home folder to a USB pendrive, using tar. (% tar -cvf
> /media/pendrive/ubuntu.tar ubuntu ) To be sure I did this while out
> of all applications, I even quit gdm and did it from the command
> prompt. This way I hoped all my settings, including gnome settings,
> firefox stuff, openoffice templates, etc, etc would be properly backed
> HOWEVER, when I restart, boot from CD and then put the stuff back (tar
> -xvf /media/pendrive/ubuntu.tar) then gnome refuses to start, I get a
> failsafe xterm instead. When I start all the way into gnome first and
> then restore the home folder then nothing works anymore; applications
> simply fail to start up.
> I checked permissions and it seems to be correct, the user and group
> are 'ubuntu'. Also I'm doing both the backing up and restoring while
> logged in as 'ubuntu', not sudo or root or anything.
> What am I doing wrong? It would be so nice to have my own Ubuntu
> installation with my own settigns that I can just run on any computer.
> (Already tried DSL and Puppy but found them too limited: I like the
> functionality Ubuntu provides and need OpenOffice as well as the
> kitchen sink. :)
> Toughts, suggestions?
> ubuntu-users mailing list
> ubuntu-users at lists.ubuntu.com
This might get me flamed here, but have you looked at Knoppix. It has
unionfs very integrated into it's operation, and it's based on Debian like
Ubuntu is. I know, it's KDE based instead of GNOME, but it might work for
you better because it is really meant to be a portable desktop. Ubuntu
tends to assume people will use the live CD as a trial or test run and then
install it to their hard-drive.
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