install/upgrade question

Tsu-Fan Cheng tfcheng at
Wed Mar 5 14:14:18 UTC 2008

yeah, I understand. backup is crucial. But I have >90% full in a 200G
drive, so it's a pain in the rear end. But I wonder if I can "choose"
what contents (or directories) to be installed so I can keep the rest
intact. just a thought....

On Wed, Mar 5, 2008 at 9:09 AM, Chris <racerx at> wrote:
> On Wed, 5 Mar 2008 08:59:45 -0500
>  "Tsu-Fan Cheng" <tfcheng at> wrote:
>  > Hi,
>  >    I think this Q is pretty basic, but I just want to make sure. I was
>  > considering if upgrading from 6.3 to 7.0 and something goes wrong, and
>  > I need to do a fresh install. Can I only change/overwrite the /etc
>  > /usr, etc but leave /home intact?? thank you!!
>  Why not simply tar the dirs you want archived and save them off to some
>  other media? This way you are certainly covered almost to the point of
>  a hard disk failure.
>  With the price of blank CD's, DVD's, and thumb drives - this seems to be
>  a reasonable thing to consider.
>  But to answer your question (somewhat) if I were either that unsure of
>  what was going to happen (or paranoid) then I would most certainly have
>  a backup (tarball) of the "important" stuff before I tried anything.
>  Simply not invoking backups (of any type or any time) is silly.
>  Just my 1/2 cent (applied current rate of inflation).
>  --
>  Best regards,
>  Chris
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