Using an existing home dir

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Using an existing home dir

Postby poha on Tue Nov 11, 2008 2:51 pm

I've got Ubuntu 7.10 on a different drive. It has my appointments, email, bookmarks and other important information that I'd like to move to Mint. Most likely, I'll move it to a new drive. I've just installed Mint so I haven't put anything in it's home except whatever is entered by the system.

Any help here is appreciated.
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Re: Using an existing home dir

Postby 100th Idiot on Tue Nov 11, 2008 3:58 pm

If your Ubuntu OS is still bootable then perhaps the easiest way is to start Ubuntu and export the data from your applications to files on a USB memory device. Then start Mint and import the data into the new applications. Certainly Firefox and Thunderbird have export functions. I'm not an Evolution so I'm less certain about that but I would be surprised if there was not an export command.
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Re: Using an existing home dir

Postby BlindGuineaPig on Thu Nov 20, 2008 7:56 pm

Is your /home directory on a separate hard drive/partition from your installs? If so you could just choose to mount your old /home device as /home when you're installing Mint. This should also be possible to accomplish afterwards by changing what device is mounted as /home in /etc/fstab but I suspect that could create some general badness. I dunno, I'm a noob. Anyways, I wouldn't go with the second option unless I'm in the mood for some excitement :P
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