Back up your data

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What to back up?

  • "/home" holds most of the personal configuration files
  • "/root" holds the changes you have made as root.
  • Back up any other configuration files that you have modified, for example:
    • "/etc/X11/xorg.conf" (X configuration file)
    • "/etc/apt/sources.list" (apt sources file)
    • "/boot/grub/menu.lst" (Grub menu file)
  • It's a good idea to save in "/home" directory a file that contains the list of programs that you installed with apt-get or KPackage. If you need to reinstall you'll just have to paste the names of the files to an "apt-get install" command.
  • Alternatively, you can save an inventory of packages on your system with:
dpkg --get-selections >list_packages.txt

To reinstall ALL those packages at once:

dpkg --set-selections <list_packages.txt
apt-get update
apt-get upgrade
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