aged hippy wrote:
@ rlindsey0 - it seems to me to be simpler to have separate /
partitions, then when the time comes to either re-install or upgrade it is a simple matter to tell the partitioner to format /
and to mount it as such and to mount /home as /home
but to not format it
, that way all of one's preferences and settings, etc., are retained. The only thing necessary will be to re-install any extra apps you've added.
This method has worked for me for 3+ years with no problems at all.
For sharing, i'd certainly go for what lagagnon suggested above.
(I also back up my Firefox bookmarks.)
Xmarks is handy if one uses Firefox.
True, it might be simpler, and if it works, great! I was just trying to avoid the possibility that old settings in /home might mess you up (they don't always, but in theory some could). The partitioning I suggested wasn't my bright idea; it came from the Mint wiki, which used to recommend a separate /home but now recommends a separate Data partition:
"We would now recommend you not to have a separate home, but a separate partition for all your data which you mount in home. This way you get a new fresh home when (if) you install. This is slightly simpler to achieve - see also below for guidance
1) Follow the steps below except "Make the partition your new home"
Instead create a folder in home, you could call it Data
Edit fstab so the partition gets mounted - for Elyssa this would be
gksu gedit /etc/fstab (or kdesu kate or gksu thunar)
and add the line
/dev/sdax /home/your_username/Data ext3 relatime 0 2
sdax would of course be changed to the number your partition has
Then mount the partition - you could reboot but better is
sudo mount -t ext3 /dev/sdax /home/your_username/Data
We assume that you don't have a separate home partition, but that really does not matter
Check that the new partition is there with all its data
Now delete everything in home except the hidden files and folders - they contain your present settings
Change Thunderbird so it starts using the profile folder in Data instead of the one directly in home
This is done by editing the file profiles.ini in /home/your_username/.mozilla-thunderbird
Change the path to the path to your profile in Data and change IsRelative from 1 to 0
We would not recommend the same for Firefox, but do save the bookmarks in the Data partition.
Of course there may be other applications where you want to use a "profile" in the new Data partition"
"My recommendation here has changed. Move all hidden files and folders (in /home of course) into an archive so you get a fresh install without the risk that old settings play tricks on you. Do not delete them - there are settings for different applications you may want to use when you reinstall - use with care"
As for FF bookmarks, you're right, I forgot about Xmarks--that's the more elegant solution.
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