Thank you gentlemen. You help is much appreciated.
Well wayne, I saw that you have put in this thread more than what I would need
All of the questions that I could ask seem like they are already answered! This is good for all of newbies around who mess with their computers and have to reinstall the OS time to time
I will definitely backup my stuff using your lazy method and maybe with Clonezilla, if I can. This way, I can learn which one I can do faster, better and knowing what I am doing. Then I could stick to your lazy method or my new lazy Clonezilla or Gparted method.
You posted a detailed tutorial there, which should be a sticky in my opinion. Thank you again.
Elisa wrote:As for your installed apps, their (downloaded) .debs should appear here:
Just check it out before backuping. Then you can run just 1 line to backup them (of course in terminal aka CLI), e.g.:
sudo cp -r /var/cache/apt/archives ~/backup/debs
In this case, I have in my /home/my_account (which represent ~/ in the note above) a folder backup.
If you even wouldn't have backup or debs folder they will be created and all stuff from archives folder will be copied to the destination.
I knew they were stored in a "cache" folder, I just couldn't find the cache folder
Something I won't forget now.
If I can do, I am going to clone my disks with wayne128's method, then backup deb packages like you said. I want to feel as secure as one can feel.
So, when people say "Using shell is easier than using GUI", they mean that! Instead of creating a folder to somewhere and going to cache folder and copying everything then pasting them into new folder, I can do that by typing 1 line of characters
This is what I looked for in my previous Linux attempts. I wanted to meet some guys who stop saying "Use the Sheeeeeeellllll" and show me why it is easier and why I should get used to it
I have a question about the line I should write. You typed "cp -r", I know this means "copy the folder" and "-r" means recursive. But what would happen if I didn't type "-r"? And, what other useful arguments do I have to use with cp?
Again, thank you for your help. It is not easy to read&answer the same questions over and over again.