Updating Daryna to Elyssa

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Updating Daryna to Elyssa

Postby orgthingy on Fri Jun 27, 2008 9:15 pm

Well, I heard that updating by installing Elyssa from LiveCD again is much better, but, if I do that, are the data, videos, programs..etc in Daryna going to be "erased" ? or, when i install Elyssa from LiveCD it's just gonna "update" it and keep my documents, videos..etc as they were?


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Re: Updating Daryna to Elyssa

Postby Husse on Sat Jun 28, 2008 6:06 pm

This depends on if you have home on a separate partition see
http://www.linuxmint.com/wiki/index.php ... _partition
I want to point out that you should move all hidden files and folders into an empty folder so you get a fresh install
Then when you install your applications you can bring forth the settings - they are all saved including passwords
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Re: Updating Daryna to Elyssa

Postby BigBaaadBob on Mon Jun 30, 2008 9:18 pm

When you say "bring forth the settings" I assume you mean manually, by moving settings files back? That isn't always straight forward since you need special knowledge to know what to move. For example, Pidgin needs .purple, and I don't know how someone would know that if they weren't current in the implementation details of Pidgin.

I was hoping there was a way to selectively tell Mint to update Mint-specific files, like menus, etc...
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Re: Updating Daryna to Elyssa

Postby Husse on Tue Jul 01, 2008 6:45 am

You have a valid point
You could hide just the .gconf* and .gnome* and .linuxmint folders
That is perhaps better - no doubt on what to hide and no problems when you install applications
I'm still considering what to do ....
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Re: Updating Daryna to Elyssa

Postby BigBaaadBob on Wed Jul 16, 2008 1:18 pm

Have your thoughts solidified? It seems like a simple script would help:

  • Create a settings backup directory
  • Move the minimal set of settings files into it (based on what is needed to get the newer behavior but not loose serious user customization
  • Echo some advice for what the user needs to do post upgrade

The hard part is the second item. There is a lot of stuff in the .gconf and .gnome directories. (I think you mean .gnome2 btw, right?)

Thinking about this, though, I think it might be easier if instead there were a post-update script that would selectively modify just the settings needed to get the newer look-and-feel. There just seems to be so much that could go wrong with the other way around.

Or, keeping things simple, if there were just a short list of "things to do" to get the new look and feel, we could do it manually. Things like art and menus for example...
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Re: Updating Daryna to Elyssa

Postby morty007 on Sat Jul 19, 2008 11:27 pm

I wish someone could post a screenshot by screenshot of how to move your home partition and then restore it. I'm afraid that when Mint 6 comes out I will have my files, but all my settings will be gone. :cry:
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