How do I reinstall the core Linux system (kernel, libraries, binutils,
compiler, etc) without losing all my existing applications, especially
X. It took many days of screwing around with Xconfig to get the settings
working for my trident 9400cxi in hi-res, and I am loathe to reinstall
and start all over. Not to mention my user files, rc files all over the
But, I screwed up in the transition to ELF. I didn't read the FAQ, and
ended up overwriting some library or bin files or links. Now, a.out
compilations often fail in large programs. :-( I have tried untarring
binutils binaries, upgrading to gcc 272, etc. but haven't yet been
able to figure out exactly where I went wrong. Basically, I would like
to just wipe out the base system and reinstall, but I don't want to lose
my configuration (esp X) files and/or links.
Could somebody please outline the steps I need to take? I am proficient
at Linux (though, obviously, not as an administrator) so a simple
list of necessary steps (in order) would suffice. I just don't want to
make things worse thatn they already are.