how do I back up all my settings before reinstalling ubuntu?

Asked by Sbn on 2009-01-07

I want to install a dual-boot system with xp and ubuntu on my laptop.
At the moment I have Ubuntu 8.10 and a lot of settings, certificates, passwords and graphics etc that will be lost if I follow the procedure of installing xp first and then a fresh ubuntu on top. How can I avoid this and still get the dual-boot?


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tmc1961 (tmc1961) said : #1

Try this link. It will explain how.

Best sparks (seth-larson) said : #2

Depending on where you're saved your graphics you could make a backup of your /home and /etc and have at least 90% of things backed up.

I'm not certain what kind of certificate backup you want to do. Most software I've used certificates on had its own way of importing/exporting for restore/backup.

/etc should get all of your app settings and your user accounts/passwords
/home should get all your account home directories

When backing them up, put them in tar files making sure to use the p flag.

example: tar cvpzf /backup/20090108UbuntuBackup.tgz /home /etc

when extracting be sure to keep the p flag: tar pzxf 20090108UbuntuBackup.tgz

Sbn (esbenvinsnes) said : #3

Thanks sparks, that solved my question.