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LinuxWorld: Mandrake 9.1: Can Installation Get Any Easier?

May 22, 2003, 10:00 (8 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Joe Barr)

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"I received a review copy of Mandrake Linux PowerPack 9.1 last week. I was happy to see it, but as I noted in the story about my frugal Red Hat 9 upgrade a couple of weeks ago, I'm a little hardware-challenged at the moment. Did I let that stop me? Of course not! When the going gets tough, I did what I usually do, I begged my long-suffering girlfriend, Susan, for help. Sure enough, she allowed me to use the well-traveled Sony laptop in her possession to replace the Red Hat 8 installation with Mandrake 9.1. Her only requirement was that I not lose any of her data. She wanted her e-mail, browser settings, and pictures intact. With warning bells ringing in my head, I assured her that her files were absolutely safe with me, and no possible harm could come to them.

"Despite this outrageous fib, I avoided a Divine lightning strike and set to work. Last time I tried a distro transplant I used cp to back up my personal data files on another machine. However, that method created problems with file permissions and ownership. A clever reader advised I try rsync instead. First, I checked to see if I created a separate partition for /home in the current installation. Alas, I had not. A separate partition makes using rsync for back up and restoration easier..."

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