Progress on 12.04 (Was: Re: 12.04 upgrade problem)

Jim Smith jim at
Wed Nov 7 01:32:50 UTC 2012

Tommy Trussell wrote:
> On Sun, Nov 4, 2012 at 7:25 PM, Jim Smith <jim at 
> <mailto:jim at>> wrote:
>     Thanks to those who helped. I have made some progress on
>     recovering my upgrade to 12.04 from 11.10. The upgrade was done
>     using Update Manager thus: "gksu "update-manager -d" " from a
>     terminal. Everything appeared to go fine until time to boot the
>     new system. It only went about half way and hung with a mess of
>     error messages.I have since d/l a copy of the 12.04.01 install
>     disk. Booting with the disk I was first unable to copy the files
>     from my home directory to a portable HD. A workaround went thus: I
>     was able to open a terminal on the desktop, then using the command
>     "sudo su root" I opened a root shell in the terminal. In that
>     shell I issued the command "nautilus" to open a file manager with
>     root privileges. I then copied the entire /home directory to the
>     portable HD with no problem. Thus backed up I can probably
>     re-install with no problems.
>     I have one question. The partition I use for Ubuntu on this old
>     laptop shows as 48Gb. Approximately how much should I use for /
>     and how much for /home (home is about 20Gb)?
>     Thanks all
>     Jim
> That should be plenty -- I'm running 12.10 on this system and the / 
> partition uses a bit less that 6 GB. (You want to make sure you have 
> more than 1GB headroom so 48GB should be more than plenty, barring 
> hard drive failures.)
Then it looks like 12Gb for / and 36Gb for /home should do it. That is 
if I decide to partition it like that and not just install on all 48Gb 
and then copy my /home files onto it.


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