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Re: /var and /home are gone

Jonathan Brandmeyer wrote:
Karsten M. Self wrote:

Kiss your data goodbye.  Odds of successful journaled data recover are
slim to nill.

I was afraid of something like that.
So, does that mean I need to re-install my system, or can I rebuild a /var
tree and re-add myself as a user from scratch?  I think I can figure out the
latter, it is the former that worries me.


If you don't have a backup of /var/lib/dpkg then you are probably better off reinstalling. There have been discussions in the past that directories in /usr/share/doc have almost a 1:1 relationship to installed packages and leveraging that to rebuild /var/lib/dpkg/status, but I don't know if they were successfull

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