[wellylug] Backup Files - Ubuntu

Daniel Pittman daniel at rimspace.net
Wed Sep 20 15:42:24 NZST 2006

"Geraint M. Jones" <G.Jones at french-maid.co.nz> writes:
> From: Arands  Wellington
>>Can anyone suggest which files should be backed-up to prepare for a fresh
>> install of Ubuntu Dapper from an existing Ubuntu Hoary system?  I
>> >have backed-up all the files in the Home Folder (i.e. /home/user),
>> as well as the / etc and /usr/local directories.
> Why are you doing a fresh install ?

Even if you are simply upgrading, backups of important files are
sensible.  The last thing you want is to lose everything if you
accidentally hit the wrong button -- or a bug in the installer.

Which, by the way, actually happened in some of the 6.06 LiveCD install
testing, and some people were quite upset when their partition table got

> Backing up /etc when going up a major revision isn’t a wise idea,
> config files will have changed

Again, this is a good idea.  You may not be able to directly restore the
files, but a reference is great to be able to recover lost settings.

Also, if you want to back down to the previous release of the OS then
those files are, again, useful.

I strongly advise against doing any sort of upgrade without at least the
level of backups that the OP suggested. :)

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