mint 17.3 to mint 18.3 with separate home and boot partitions

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mint 17.3 to mint 18.3 with separate home and boot partitions

Post by rofull » Sat Jun 16, 2018 11:19 pm

I have Mint 17.3 installed on 50 GB / partition and Home/ is separate partition. I want to put mint 18.3 on the / partition and not format or change the Home/ partition so I can keep the apps I have installed. Is this possible or feasible? There is also a 16GB swap partition.

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Re: mint 17.3 to mint 18.3 with seperate home and boot partitions

Post by catweazel » Sat Jun 16, 2018 11:30 pm

rofull wrote:
Sat Jun 16, 2018 11:19 pm
I have Mint 17.3 installed on 50 GB / partition and Home/ is separate partition. I want to put mint 18.3 on the / partition and not format or change the Home/ partition so I can keep the apps I have installed. Is this possible or feasible? There is also a 16GB swap partition.
Yes, it's possible. Simply install Mint to the / partition but only mount /home during the installation process. You can leave the swap partition alone as the installer will find it an use it. That said, backup your /home partition before proceeding.
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Re: mint 17.3 to mint 18.3 with seperate home and boot partitions

Post by rofull » Sun Jun 17, 2018 2:23 pm

Thank you Catweasel for your response and help. Mount /Home but not allow to format /Home as opposed to "do not use this partition"?

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Re: mint 17.3 to mint 18.3 with seperate home and boot partitions

Post by Sir Charles » Sun Jun 17, 2018 2:42 pm

rofull wrote:
Sun Jun 17, 2018 2:23 pm
Mount /Home but not allow to format /Home as opposed to "do not use this partition"?
Correct!
rofull wrote:
Sat Jun 16, 2018 11:19 pm
I want to put mint 18.3 on the / partition and not format or change the Home/ partition so I can keep the apps I have installed. Is this possible or feasible?
If I am not mistaken, the /home contains, apart from your personal files, only the configurations and settings for the installed apps and not the apps themselves which are installed in /. You would need to install them once again after the fresh install of the OS.
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Re: mint 17.3 to mint 18.3 with seperate home and boot partitions

Post by Mattyboy » Sun Jun 17, 2018 3:00 pm

Marziano wrote:
Sun Jun 17, 2018 2:42 pm
rofull wrote:
Sun Jun 17, 2018 2:23 pm
Mount /Home but not allow to format /Home as opposed to "do not use this partition"?
Correct!
rofull wrote:
Sat Jun 16, 2018 11:19 pm
I want to put mint 18.3 on the / partition and not format or change the Home/ partition so I can keep the apps I have installed. Is this possible or feasible?
If I am not mistaken, the /home contains, apart from your personal files, only the configurations and settings for the installed apps and not the apps themselves which are installed in /. You would need to install them once again after the fresh install of the OS.
Aye, that's right.

You could use the backup tool , I think it works moving up a distro, to then re-add and it'll download those apps again.

Note the

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dpkg get-selections > mylist.list
option.

Not so sure about all your apt apt-get options though.

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Re: mint 17.3 to mint 18.3 with separate home and boot partitions

Post by all41 » Sun Jun 17, 2018 10:05 pm

so I can keep the apps I have installed
Have a look at Aptic for transferring the apps to your new os install.
It's in the repositories.
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