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Re: What happens after 2021 with 18.x?

Posted: Wed Nov 08, 2017 2:41 pm
by Pjotr
Moem wrote:
Hoser Rob wrote:That's why I use a separate partition for /home. I wish it was the default in mint/ubuntu but I suppose they don't want to scare off beginners. Even though it's not hard to do when you install.

I don't care for it to be the default, but I do wish it was offered as an 'automated' option on large enough disks (which is pretty much all of them).

Note that in case of a separate /home partition, it's a wise precaution to retain only those customized user settings that are essential to you (such as, for example, ~/.mozilla and ~/.thunderbird).

Otherwise you might encounter conflicts caused by customized user settings that were useful in the old Linux Mint version series (e.g. 17.x), but are wrong for the new Linux Mint version series (e.g. 18.x).

So if you insist on having a separate /home partition, do some house cleaning (home cleaning) before you install the new Mint version series.

This house cleaning was, by the way, what made me question the very usefulness of a separate /home partition....

Re: What happens after 2021 with 18.x?

Posted: Wed Nov 08, 2017 2:48 pm
by Moem
Pjotr wrote:Note that in case of a separate /home partition, it's a wise precaution to retain only those customized user settings that are essential to you (such as, for example, ~/.mozilla and ~/.thunderbird).

Otherwise you might encounter conflicts caused by customized user settings that were useful in the old Linux Mint version series (e.g. 17.x), but are wrong for the new Linux Mint version series (e.g. 18.x).

Have you ever seen such conflicts happening in the real world?

Note that I just went from 17.3 32-bits to 18.2 64-bits, retaining my /home partition, with no house cleaning of any kind and encountered exactly zero conflicts. This is not advice, just anecdata. But it worked for me.

I figured that if it didn't work out well, I could always do a clean install after all, and import just what was needed. So it was a pretty safe experiment. And it worked out well.

Re: What happens after 2021 with 18.x?

Posted: Wed Nov 08, 2017 2:54 pm
by Pjotr
Moem wrote:
Pjotr wrote:Note that in case of a separate /home partition, it's a wise precaution to retain only those customized user settings that are essential to you (such as, for example, ~/.mozilla and ~/.thunderbird).

Otherwise you might encounter conflicts caused by customized user settings that were useful in the old Linux Mint version series (e.g. 17.x), but are wrong for the new Linux Mint version series (e.g. 18.x).

Have you ever seen such conflicts happening in the real world?

I experienced that years ago, yes.... But that was about seven or eight years ago, so I can't remember the details. Nor do I remember which distro it was (probably one of the *buntu's), nor which desktop environment.

I'm sorry, that's all the "evidence" (well, lack of evidence really) that I can offer. For what it's worth. :)

Re: What happens after 2021 with 18.x?

Posted: Wed Nov 08, 2017 3:48 pm
by Bolle1961
Moem wrote:
Pjotr wrote:Note that in case of a separate /home partition, it's a wise precaution to retain only those customized user settings that are essential to you (such as, for example, ~/.mozilla and ~/.thunderbird).

Otherwise you might encounter conflicts caused by customized user settings that were useful in the old Linux Mint version series (e.g. 17.x), but are wrong for the new Linux Mint version series (e.g. 18.x).

Have you ever seen such conflicts happening in the real world?

Never, from Ubuntu Feisty to 10.04 and several Debian versions I used the same /home, never got problems.