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Bug#672523: please include "preserve /home" functionality

Quoting email.bug@arcor.de (email.bug@arcor.de):
> 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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