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asked 2015-03-20 18:25:08 -0500

That is it. Tired of fighting with my graphics card I just want to install again, but there are a lot of things I don't want to lose, some programs configurations and some init scripts I did (before blowing xorg).

Is this possible?

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answered 2015-03-20 19:07:25 -0500

florian gravatar image

updated 2015-03-21 11:30:20 -0500

You might not able to reinstall without formatting your system (and maybe re-arranging your partitions in a clever manner) BUT you will have to tell us more details to answer your question. And: don't worry: There is nothing you can't backup, and restore later.

  • Do you already have a separate /home partition? If not, do it next time, it makes totally sense because you can reinstall your system (/ and /boot are affected) without touching your home directory /home.
  • What program configurations do you want to save? Many (like gnome-settings, firefox, thunderbird, shotwell, keyrings, ...) are stored in hidden directories in your /home/. So, it is sufficient to copy your entire home directory including hidden files and folders, and restore it later.
  • If you want to save other scripts or configurations (like openvpn, vpnc, cron-jobs, rc.d, or repos you added) you need to backup /etc/ and later restore the relevant part of it.
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Y es, i have 4 partitions: /boot, /home, / and swap. Most some apps on /opt some icons themes in /usr/share/icons and some stuffs in /etc. Probably I will need to connect to ssh and backup this folders. Ah what pain in the ass, no radeon graphics for me in the future. Thx for your help.

X3MBoy gravatar imageX3MBoy ( 2015-03-21 06:33:00 -0500 )edit

And are you sure that you can fix your problem with Xorg (?)?

florian gravatar imageflorian ( 2015-03-23 15:05:02 -0500 )edit

Is not only if i can, is that i don't want to.

X3MBoy gravatar imageX3MBoy ( 2015-03-24 19:11:01 -0500 )edit

My previous comment had spelling mistake: I wanted to ask "that you can't fix...". But OK, I got it now...

florian gravatar imageflorian ( 2015-03-25 13:05:15 -0500 )edit

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