[clug] Reinstall and reformat?
Michael.James at csiro.au
Sun Mar 21 23:21:16 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.
To all but Debian users upgrading is a real headach.
I'm (probably wrongly) suspicious of upgrades,
(leaves cruft, puts system into an even more unknown state)
so I always install into fresh system partitions.
My partitioning looks like this:
Home never gets reformatted, and I alternate;
with the altOS pair of partitions becoming the new active system.
This gives me a backout if I need to reboot the old system,
and leaves it mounted on /altOS/ for me to refer to when configuring the new.
I tend to run dirdiff between /altOS/etc/ and /etc/
to be sure I have all the old configuration integrated into the new.
Works fairly well and means I know
what configuration my servers have over a base install
but as a twice yearly chore it is still a pain.
Michael James michael.james at csiro.au
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