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Re: Removing desktop environments

On Sun, 2007-02-04 at 13:42 -0500, cga2000 wrote:
> Sorry I was unclear.  
> I want to remove all the crud from my system in order to be able to run
> backups that are fast, small, and simple.
> I installed gnome and kde at one point but I never use them.  
> I have no intention of reinstalling them at a later date.

The issue here is that you only need to backup your data. Backups
of /usr and /var and so on mean nothing.

dpkg --get-selections > installed.packages.list

tar jcvf $DATE-backup.tar.bz2 /home installed.packages.list /etc

It really make ZERO sense to do full backups this way. Debian can be
installed as a base system and then re-installed faster and easier than

You really only need backup your list of installed packages, /etc
and /home and anywhere else you have stored REAL data.

Remember, you are not dealing with Windows. Most Unix systems, things
like Netware and OSX are all designed to be re-installed quickly and
then the "data" restored quickly.

A /usr on a CD does you a crap-load of no-good if you system is toast.

Novell's Directory Services is a competitive product to Microsoft's
Active Directory in much the same way that the Saturn V is a competitive
product to those dinky little model rockets that kids light off down at
the playfield. -- Thane Walkup

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