Quoting email@example.com (firstname.lastname@example.org): > > Package: debian-installer > > Downstream, I have found the possibility to do a clean re-install "over" an exitising > installation very useful, and I think it may also be useful with debian. I'm less convinced. Debian is meant for being upgraded easily, so dooing a "clean reinstall" is not really that a benefit. But, still, why not? > > For example, if you need to upgrade laptops that have rather small (thus > only a swap+root partition setup) and full harddisks to the next release. > (Especially if you will also need to change the desktop environment, > to maintain the uability. Then you can get rid of the old DE by only installing > the new one.) > > The "preserve /home" functionallity has been used with ubuntu for > quite some time now. > > The spec can be found here: > https://wiki.ubuntu.com/UbiquityPreserveHome > > And this even seems to suggest there might already exist debian-installer patches: > https://wiki.edubuntu.org/komputes/HowToDebianInstallerPreserveHome I don't really see where this page suggests this. It gives a step by step method, using the "manual partitioning" method....which I think is logical for such purpose. This is already possible with the current installer and there's nothing to change. What exactly would you like to see changed?
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