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Install another spin keeping /home

asked 2016-07-26 01:43:00 -0500

deshmukh gravatar image

Running Fedora24 KDE Spin. The disk is partitioned using 'Standard' partitioning.

So, there is a 200MB partition for boot-loader, 500MB /boot partition.

In an encrpyted partition, there are /root 50GB, swap 4GB and /home 400GB odd.

I want to try Fedora Workstation (Gnome version) preserving /home partition.

In the installer, I can go to custom partitioning, delete /boot and /root partitions. Then the free space available increases.

When I mount the encrypted partition and delete /root or swap partitions, the available space does not increase. Probably because these all are in one single encrypted partition.

Reclaim free space option does not provide for mounting encrypted partition. So, I will need to delete the whole /dev/sda3 (the encrypted partition complete with /home).

So, how do I install another spin without losing /home?

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answered 2016-07-26 09:10:08 -0500

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updated 2016-07-26 09:14:00 -0500

If you want to install another Fedora Linux, while keeping your /home folder, all you need to do is use the existing partition layout and making sure that you do not format /home. There is a checkbox in the partitioning part of anaconda, the installer.

You should still consider just installing the Desktop Environment you want (Gnome) on top of your existing Fedora. You could later remove KDE.

Why do you want to resize your partitions? You setup looks just fine. All you could potentially do is to decrease / (root) (50GB) to something like 30GB and add that free space to home. But you can't do that during installation. It's a separate process, which you have to run from a live disc because your filesystems (/ and /home) should not be mounted during that process....

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So, in the installer, I should keep the partitions as they are with the same names (/, /boot, boot loader, swap, etc.) and select 'Format' for all partitions except /home?

I am asking just to be absolutely sure.

deshmukh gravatar imagedeshmukh ( 2016-07-27 03:18:38 -0500 )edit

Exaclty, same partition layout, same names, while not formatting /home, in case you decide to reinstall. If you only want to try Gnome (as you are writing above), check out a LiveCD or install Gnome Desktop on your existing Fedora. On login (gdm), you will have the choice which Desktop Environment to start. Kernels, and base system of the "two Fedoras" are the same!

florian gravatar imageflorian ( 2016-07-27 10:06:41 -0500 )edit

answered 2016-07-26 02:49:00 -0500

davidva gravatar image

updated 2016-07-26 02:52:18 -0500

Common sense. I recommend you install a desktop... and avoid problems...



dnf -y install @gnome-desktop


dnf -y install @xfce-desktop

You can choose the desktop you want in the session manager.

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@davida sure, that could have been a solution. But that is not what I want to do. I want to install another operating system (spin) while keeping /home. Now, any ideas about how to do that?

deshmukh gravatar imagedeshmukh ( 2016-07-26 06:50:39 -0500 )edit

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