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#1 2013-01-01 18:23:44

jededale
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Registered: 2010-12-31
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Migration to a fresh install?

I was away from a computer for the better part of a year and now it is extreemly out of date and everyting seems broken(including pacamn). I'm currently leaning towards just doing a fresh install, but waanted to know what options I had for aiding the migration of my old setup (installed programs, configurations, etc).

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#2 2013-01-01 18:41:05

oboedad55
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From: Baku
Registered: 2011-04-05
Posts: 389

Re: Migration to a fresh install?

jededale wrote:

I was away from a computer for the better part of a year and now it is extreemly out of date and everyting seems broken(including pacamn). I'm currently leaning towards just doing a fresh install, but waanted to know what options I had for aiding the migration of my old setup (installed programs, configurations, etc).

If it were me, I would backup my data and do a fresh install. Many things have changed in the last year; grub to grub 2, systemd, pacman, etc. I think it would be faster to do it that way. Just have a look at the beginner's guide as the install procedure has changed.


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#3 2013-01-01 18:55:35

ichase
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Registered: 2011-02-10
Posts: 113

Re: Migration to a fresh install?

Definitely agree with oboedad55 on this one.  Trying to get your current build updated with all of the changes that has taken place over the last year is futile.
Not sure of your configuration but if HOME is on it's own partition, I would back that up and do the fresh install.
This link will walk you through how to perform the new install that is already configured with systemd and grub2.
http://lifehacker.com/5680453/build-a-k … he-process

It's easy to follow and I have already done 2 flawless installs using this link.

Best of luck

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#4 2013-01-01 20:54:04

Trilby
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Re: Migration to a fresh install?

Backups are always a good idea, but there is no reason to even mount /home during an installation (provided it is a separate partition).

In fact, you shouldn't even need to do a full install.  Just boot the installation media, mount your root and boot partitions, and `pacstrap /mnt base base-devel` and then you should be very near to completely "fixing" your current system.  Reboot or chroot into your system, then `pacman -Syu`.

All your configs and personal files will remain the same.  All the packages you had installed will still be there.


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