>I've been running RH5.1 on my machine for awhile now, and have been
>quite happy with it. I would like to move up to RH6.0, though. But
>I'm deathly afraid of accidentally wiping out my /home partition,
>which contains years of old emails, documents, etc.. (I have no
>ready backup solution. Stupid, I know.) Am I going to be able to
>upgrade from RH5.1 to 6.0 and keep my /home partition the same?
Yes, though be careful; write down the partition details that running
'mount' (with no parameters) gives you before you start, and don't
mention the /home partition to RH 6.0 *at all*. Once you've got 6.0
installed, log in as root (root's default home directory is /root, of
course, so this is possible without a /home partition), add /home to
your /etc/fstab as appropriate, and mount it. No RPMs should install
If you have enough disk space, it might be nice for your peace of mind
to make a .tar.gz file of your /home partition and put it on some
other partition, just in case. This is what I did when moving to
Debian, though I didn't have any problems (apart from numerical user
ids being different, but that's another story).
Quote:>Also, I've got a copy of 6.0 from one of those freebie deals somebody
>on the net was giving out. So, I've got 2 CD's, but no manual or
>floppies. Does that mean no installation program, I have to do it
>all by myself?
Either the floppy images will be on the CD (in i386/images/ or
similar, as I recall), or you can download them from
ftp.redhat.com/pub/redhat/redhat-6.0/i386/images/ and write them using
'dd'. (There'll be instructions in the installation guide on the CD.)
Colin Watson [cjw44 at cam.ac.uk]
Trinity College, Cambridge, and Computer Science [riva.ucam.org]
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