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Re: Suse 10.1 upgrade

  • Subject: Re: Suse 10.1 upgrade
  • From: Roy Schestowitz <newsgroups@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Mon, 02 Oct 2006 18:00:16 +0100
  • Newsgroups: uk.comp.os.linux
  • Organization: schestowitz.com / ISBE, Manchester University / ITS / Netscape / MCC
  • References: <pWUTg.27683$r61.15328@text.news.blueyonder.co.uk> <20061001223615.68c94694@po>
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__/ [ Liam O'Toole ] on Sunday 01 October 2006 22:36 \__

> On Sun, 01 Oct 2006 19:46:29 GMT
> Roger Fletcher <rogerlinux@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx> wrote:
>> Hi
>> I have been using suse 10.0 for about a year now, i am looking at
>> updating to 10.1.
>> the question i have is it possible to install 10.1 onto a dormant
>> partion (that currently has XP on) and have the computer to boot up
>> and i have the option to boot into 10.0 or 10.1?
>> So for example
>> /home
>> suse 10.0
>> swop
>> suse 10.1
>> Will this work ok, or will it mess up my existing data on /home.
>> Or have i missed something and there is an easier or better way?
>> Cheers
>> Roger
> Sharing the same /home is likely to lead to problems: different
> versions of the same software will be reading from and writing to the
> same configuration files. Better to keep your current /home intact
> until you decide to upgrade.

I'd second that. When I tried moving settings from one version of KDE to
another this led to flakiness. That said, adjacent versions in an upgrade
will behave sensible, but only in the _upward direction_. Do not expect
software on 10.1 to write files which will play nice under 10.0. There is
little to be lost from division into two separate /home's. You can 'mix and
match' the files that you would like to keep (e.g. settings for a particular
program in 10.1) and those that you wish to carry from your older partition.
Just keep track of what's being 'fragmented' and forked, so to speak...

Hope it helps,


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