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set permissions before moving to Fedora

asked 2013-12-19 00:59:58 -0600

yaraeovento gravatar image

This is a beginner question.

Hi, I am currently an Ubuntu user and I would love to migrate to Fedora.

I have a very simple question: I have a few data only drives on my current Ubuntu box. Should I make sure I have particular permissions on them before erasing Ubuntu and installing Fedora? My home is also in a separate partition, can I just mount that when/after I install Fedora (if I use same user).

Thank you so much, I just want to make the transition smooth!

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Here I gave you some free karma :D.

hmaarrfk gravatar imagehmaarrfk ( 2013-12-19 16:29:33 -0600 )edit

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answered 2013-12-19 02:22:22 -0600

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updated 2013-12-19 02:25:42 -0600

Please backup your data if you will install Fedora with your hard disks attached. It is very easy to press "format" when changing GUIs.

Since you have root access, this isn't so much of a problem.

You will want to make sure that when Fedora boots up, you select "advanced mode" or something like that when you create your user. This will let you set the user's home directory as well as UUI.

Note if you don't do this, you could just chown your files later,

Personally, I would delete as many of the .config and other dot files in your home directory as possible. This will avoid any conflicting configuration files. Note, dot files are hidden files so to see them, you will have to press Ctrl-H in nautilus.

Once you have set those, Fedora will likely complain that SELinux isn't behaving well. I would suggest relabling your file system. It might actually prompt you to do this on its own. Note this step may take ~30 mins to 1 hour since it has to crawl through the whole file system.

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In my experience, if there's already a home folder with the name of the user you're creating, you'll be asked if you want to use it, and if so, if you want to keep the files. If you answer both questions correctly (I don't remember if it asks if you want to keep them or if you want them deleted, so you'll need to pay attention.) you'll get exactly what you're looking for. However, make sure that you have a backup of everything in your home folder, just to be sure!

sideburns gravatar imagesideburns ( 2013-12-19 15:14:47 -0600 )edit

It is always tricky to give guidance in these questions, because menu options change :S. I hope things work out for him.

hmaarrfk gravatar imagehmaarrfk ( 2013-12-19 16:29:16 -0600 )edit

answered 2013-12-19 02:12:12 -0600

mrunge gravatar image

You don't need to edit permissions before installing Fedora. Esp. when pointing Fedora to your home directory during install, you should be fine.

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answered 2013-12-19 11:24:00 -0600

yaraeovento gravatar image

Thank you so much for your patience with such a trivial question. I appreciate the guidance! Cheers, Eovento.

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