[GRLUG] clean install and date modified

megadave megadave at gmail.com
Mon Sep 24 11:34:17 EDT 2012

Its easy enough to remove the dot files (hidden/config) after an OS
re-install, to force an app to start fresh.

On Mon, Sep 24, 2012 at 9:24 AM, Patrick Goupell
<patrick at upmerchants.com> wrote:
> On 09/24/2012 09:11 AM, megadave wrote:
>> 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
>> running.)
> As a general practice I do not place the home directory on a separate
> partition, but I do keep all of my personal files on a separate partition.
> I do that because at one time I was trying out different linux installs and
> kept home on a separate patition.
> Sometimes the "hidden profile/config" files for applications changed and I
> got "flakey" results booting between different linux distributions/
> releases.
> So now I keep my personal files on a separate partition and add a symlink to
> it in my home directory.
> Application "profile/config" files I want to keep (like firefox/iceweasel,
> thunderbird/icedove, etc) I also keep on the separate partition and update
> the appropriate "profiles/config" files or create a symlink to it after the
> install of the os.
> This method also cleans out all of the no longer used "profile/config" files
> from different apps I tried but decided to not use.
> Patrick
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