[clug] Reinstall and reformat?

Rasjid Wilcox rasjidw at openminddev.net
Fri Mar 19 06:56:38 GMT 2004

On Friday 19 March 2004 08:17, james canberra wrote:
> When I install a new version of Mandrake I typically reformat my /
> partition on hda1 and leave hda5 containing /home alone. I typically want
> to do a "clean install" not an upgrade. This is for home use.
> Is there any need to actually reformat the partiitions? A friend has about
> 6 partitions (/usr, /home, /boot, /var, /usr/local and something else I
> forget) and asked me which ones he needs to reformat.
> I told him I think he doesn't actually need to reformat any of them, but
> I'd ask the list for confirmation.

Well, personally I reformat everything except /home and /usr/local when doing 
that kind of upgrade, so I know that nothing from the old version is left 
hanging around.

If doing that of course make sure they back up anything from /etc and /var (or 
anywhere else the custom stuff might be) that they think they may need.  :-)



Rasjid Wilcox
Canberra, Australia (UTC +11 hrs)

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