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  • #11
    Originally posted by kiputnik View Post
    You do realize that you can just launch a live CD on your machine, rm -rf everything that isn't /home and then reinstall the system without losing any data just as if your /home would be on a separate partition, right?

    I did this once or twice myself; it literally takes a few minutes and you don't have to deal with the inconvenience of having separate partitions.

    And before you say that having /home on a separate partition has other uses - even if you want to use the same /home from multiple distros you still don't need a separate /home partition. (See man mount, specifically --bind; again, this also takes a minute or two and basically boils down to creating one directory and adding a single line to your /etc/fstab to set up.)
    What exactly is inconvenient about using a separate partition compared to having to futz about with what are effectively hacks (rm -rf... seriously now?) to work around not having separate partitions. I can easily kill the system partition hundreds of times over without fear of losing my data, and move between versions without having to pull out a live cd to manually prepare the system before upgrading to a new version, or even a completely different distro. I do this with every OS I install because there's very significant benefits to being able to reinstall the OS if needed without touching the data or doing excessive futzing about with livecds.

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    • #12
      Originally posted by andyprough View Post
      Great reasons to move to Arch or Tumbleweed - never having to deal with upgrade hell again.
      Indeed. The Hardy -> Lucid inline upgrade is what made me uninstall Ubuntu on my home server and move to Arch.

      The upgrade worked, but a few little niggles crept in. For example, whenever I opened the torrent client after the upgrade it would display an error message which I'd have to kill. This wasn't good on a machine that I wanted to leave on 24/7, every time something happened which required a reboot, I had to hook up a display and go in to sort this type of thing out.

      In the end I'm glad for it. When I initially set it up I wasn't confident enough to have a headless server, now I wouldn't be without it. Any maintenance I have to do is done via SSH which mainly consist of the occasional yaourt -Syua, it's a brilliant Samba fileserver and great for torrenting (rtorrent + screen + cron > vuze).

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