[clug-talk] Which files to move?

Rick Johnson rick.j.79 at gmail.com
Mon Oct 4 19:04:13 PDT 2010


You risk losing or screwing up some of these things with a new install
anyways. Might as well avoid complication, just back 'em up and start fresh,
imho.

On Tue, Sep 21, 2010 at 4:43 PM, Mark Carlson <carlsonmark at gmail.com> wrote:

> This will also remove all of the settings that you may want to keep,
> so be careful!
>
> Things that may be stored in "dot-files" (hidden files and
> directories) in your home directory:
> - Mozilla bookmarks, settings, and plug-ins (you will have to
> re-install flash for your user after removing ~/.mozilla)
> - Window manager settings including your customized desktop "look and
> feel" (which may or may not be compatible with the new version of the
> window manager you are using)
> - Your text editor settings (especially important if you use vim or emacs)
> - Customized environment variables you may or may not know you are using
> - SSH "authorized keys" and custom config settings (may be a good idea
> to get rid of some cruft here, anyway)
>
>
> If I lost all of my dot-files, I'd be screwed!
>
> -Mark C.
>
>
> On Tue, Sep 21, 2010 at 4:24 PM, Rick Johnson <rick.j.79 at gmail.com> wrote:
> > ... and i suggest you rm all hidden files and directories in /home/$user.
> > The old configs and permissions can lead to trouble and should be
> re-created
> > by the new install.
> >
> > On Mon, Sep 20, 2010 at 11:50 AM, Richard Carter <carter.r.a.l at gmail.com
> >
> > wrote:
> >>
> >> Shawn,
> >>
> >> Thanks for your reply.  Judging from what you wrote I believe I have
> just
> >> a "typical desktop/workstation" with no special features of the type you
> >> mention.  So I guess I'll copy over just /home.
> >>
> >> Robin
> >>
> >> On Mon, Sep 20, 2010 at 11:43 AM, Shawn <sgrover at open2space.com> wrote:
> >>>
> >>> You haven't given us enough information.  If this is a typical
> >>> desktop/workstation, then copying /home may be all you need to do.
> >>>
> >>> But, if you have a special setup, there may be more.  For instance, if
> >>> you have setup Apache on the old box for development purposes, you may
> want
> >>> to move over your customizations (if any) for Apache.  If you have set
> up
> >>> revision control, you would need to explore how to migrate your
> >>> repositories, etc.
> >>>
> >>> In my case, I *do* have those sort of specialized setups.  But when I
> >>> upgrade or install a new box, I just recreate them as needed - it only
> takes
> >>> a few minutes, and helps keep me in practice and the knowledge fresh.
> :)
> >>>
> >>> HTH.
> >>>
> >>> Shawn
> >>>
> >>>
> >>> On 10-09-20 11:31 AM, Richard Carter wrote:
> >>>>
> >>>> Hi Folks,
> >>>>
> >>>> I have 2 desk top PCs both with AMD64 processors: "new" with AMD
> Athlon
> >>>> II X4 635 and no OS, "old" with AMD Athlon 64 2800+ and debian 5.  I'm
> >>>> going to install debian 5 for AMD on "new" and I'm usure about which
> >>>> files from "old" I should copy over to "new".  I'll certainly copy
> /home
> >>>> but what about /etc, /var and /usr?
> >>>>
> >>>> Robin
> >>>>
> >>>>
> >>>>
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