KirbySmith wrote:Q1) Before Mint install, I used an Ubuntu live CD to copy my home directory to a new partition on the root drive. When installing Mint, I took the gear path and set the installer to not reformat that partition, use ext4 as it was, and that the partition was /home. However, my previous naming must have been incompatible, because now I have the following directory structure:
>>kirby (this has my old home stuff)
>>>many folders and files
>kirby (new and empty in the major categories, but all the hidden files are there and probably different in some ways from before)
What is the best way to integrate the old me with the new me, particularly Firefox and Thunderbird files? Or alternatively what can I positively not overwrite?
/home isn't a directory but a partition that is just linked to a folder on / called /home.
For future reference you don't have to do anything to the /home directory. It won't be deleted on a reinstall.
sda1 / (format in the installer)
sda2 /home (DO NOT format this or you will lose your info.
Your firefox and thunderbird settings are in hidden directories in /home (.mozilla and .thunderbird). Back them up somewhere else. Copy only the settings/information you want to /home. It is not good practice to just copy all hidden "." folders from /home.