install ubuntu without deleting data

Fred Roller froller at
Mon Jan 11 14:08:48 UTC 2010

NoOp wrote:
> Oh nonsense. It's quite easy to reinstall directly without affecting
> your /home folder, your /opt folder etc. As mentioned in other posts,
> all you need to do is use manual partition, choose to not reformat, and
> reinstall. Have a look at this thread:
I concur.  My system is setup this way and re-installation is quick and 
easy.  Examples:

Filesystem            Size  Used Avail Use% Mounted on
/dev/sda1              19G  7.8G  9.7G  45% /
/dev/sda2             4.6G  211M  4.2G   5% /tmp
/dev/sda4             429G   94G  314G  23% /Isolibrary
/dev/sdb1             459G  215G  221G  50% /Crypt

and a couple adjustments to home directory that remaps the usual 
suspects plus remap thunderbird's *.default directory.

All of this is done, along with custom package installs, via a small 
script I wrote.  Net results are a scratch rebuild and 90%+ return to 
where I was in <40-60 minutes depending on download speeds.  Main goal, 
no data loss.  So I agree with Noop.


"Life is like linux, simple.  If you are fighting it you are doing something wrong."

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