Reinstalling 14.04, but leaving files/apps intact

Peter Smout smoutpete at
Sun Jun 22 00:59:29 UTC 2014

On 21/06/14 23:40, AFJ Headquarters wrote:
> Hello, Tony here.
> If you guys have noticed, I've installed Xubuntu, then uninstalled it,
> but traces of it still remain.
> And they really annoy me.
> I've decided to reinstall Trusty Tahr, but I want to know if there is a
> way to reinstall but leave files /and /apps (Dansguardian, Wine, Mozilla
> Thunderbird, etc) intact. I don't want to have to re-configure
> Dansguardian (/that /was a lot of work), re-do Mozilla Thunderbird, or
> reinstall Wine.
> I don't know if such a method exists in the world of Ubuntu, but I'm hoping!
> Any suggestions?
> Tony

Dunno if it's waht you are after but you can copy your .mozilla 
.thunderbird .wine folders from your home folder (you'd have to search 
for the config to Dansguardian that a new one on me :) ) <Note: the . 
means hidden file and you will have to <ctrl-H> in nautilus to see them 
(ls -a for us CLI freaks)>

If during your original install you installed with a separate /home 
partition then you can reinstall the system easily just don't format 
your /home partition.

Hope this at least points you in the correct direction.


Pete S

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