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Bug#238424: preserving old data

Package: installation-reports

(This is a documentation bug.)

Just did a pretty-much stock i386 IDE installation using
sarge-i386-businesscard.iso, dated 15-Mar-2004 the version just before

The machine had an old installation of Redhat or something, and we
wanted to preserve /home/ftp.  To do this I briefly manually mounted
the target root partition, deleted /* (except home and lost+found),
then ... well, then it took me quite a while to figure out how to tell
the partition tool to *not* reformat the partition in question.

One thing that would really help would be "example" screens at
strategic points showing sample pairs: (scenario, what-to-do).  Eg,

 To: Preserve /home on partition used by old distribution
 Do: In partition menu select ...  Dirs /usr /etc /lib ... will be
     lost; others not listed include /home will be preserved.

(Of course I don't know if that is the case, just guessing.)

No need to go on a length.  As the old Roman saying goes, "Longum iter
est per preaecepta, breve et efficax per exempla!"  (It's a long way
by the rules, but short and efficient with examples!)
Barak A. Pearlmutter <barak@cs.may.ie>
 Hamilton Institute, NUI Maynooth, Co. Kildare, Ireland

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