[GRLUG] clean install and date modified

megadave megadave at gmail.com
Mon Sep 24 09:11:47 EDT 2012

FYI, this might be one good reason for keeping /home on a separate
partition (or even a separate drive, if you have one) than the rest of
the system. All you'd need to do would be to install again, and just
tell the installer NOT to format /home (or dont even mount it during
the new install, just install with no separate /home, leaving the 2nd
drive alone, and then fixup the mounts after the new system was

On Sun, Sep 23, 2012 at 10:03 PM, Adam Tauno Williams
<awilliam at whitemice.org> wrote:
> On Sun, 2012-09-23 at 20:14 -0400, Eric Beversluis wrote:
>> Is there a way to do a clean install and then restore my home files
>> without having the Date Modified on those files change to the date of
>> the install? That's what happened to me the last time I did a new Linux
>> install.
> If you are restoring a tar archive the date modified should be restored
> along with the other data.
> If you are just doing a copy [cp] then you want
> "--preserve=mode,ownership,timestamps" and the copied files will have
> the same metadata as the source files.  By default a copy operation onlu
> copies the data and generates new metadata on the target.
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