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Re: Repartitioning/Reinstalling

> In any case, I am done with my rants. If you want to repartition without
> reinstalling post a message here. By the way, don't ever forget the
> backups, and experiment with doing a selective restore, if not a full
> one, before you embark on making major changes to your system.
> Good luck!

Well, there are a couple of things here.  Of course they're all over  the map.
1.   I didn't say I _wanted_ to re-install, although I did say I was _planning_
to reinstall.  And yes, I have gone a long way playing games with fdisk, fstab
and tar.
2.  This machine is dual-boot "Old World" Mac.  The time is approaching when I'm
going to punt the Mac partitions.  I'm not ready to bite that bullet just yet,
but I'd like to be prepared.  This machine has a lot of cruft on it.  Mac OS7
through 9.x; LinuxPPC at one time, and now Debian.  I have the feeling it would
be easier to re-install than to tease out the cruft.
3.  Disaster recovery is not always "fix and restore backup".  Over the years
I've seen it result in:
    replacing disks - which usually have a different size.
    replaceing memory  - with the opportunity to add more and resize swap.
    replacing the entire machine - which may involve an architecture change.
4.  fdisk and its ilk make me nervous.  I do not like using them without being
prepared to re-install everything.
5.  Replication - Some of my clients require a roll-out plan--or how to generate
a viable server from raw hardware.  It's probably another thread but, Debian has
a compelling story:
    a.  almost rock solid - certainly more solid than any public M$ offerings.
    b.  runs on any hardware - no need to manage/locate vendor specific drivers
and disks.
    c.  "standard" set of boot disks for a particular architecture.
    d.  add packages - but I'm a bit fuzzy on how to specify and automate thi
    e.  painless upgrade path.


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