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Re: [vox-tech] AAARRRGGGHHHH! (Translation: Linux got hosed)
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Re: [vox-tech] AAARRRGGGHHHH! (Translation: Linux got hosed)



Exactly another thought I had.  I don't have a spare drive, though.
Perhaps it's time I bought one.  I've been meaning to buy one anyway.
Hmm...

-Mark

On Wed, 9 May 2001, Brad Benedict wrote:

> Ahh.  Now I know what you're saying.  Can't help you there.  What I
> would do is back them up, if at all possible, then just copy it.  You
> might be able to back them up with muLinux or another disk-based Linux,
> by copying to another drive or something.
> "Mark K. Kim" wrote:
> >
> > Well, the root partition is completely unuseable so I do need to format
> > it.  HOWEVER, /usr and /usr/local are on different partitions and I'd like
> > to keep the files on those partitions.  If I were to install/update, it'll
> > overwrite, install around, or partial-install around the files in those
> > partitions.  I'd rather leave those partitions alone; just clean install
> > root.
> >
> > -Mark
> >
> > On Wed, 9 May 2001, Brad Benedict wrote:
> >
> > > Oh, I take it you don't want to format your partition?  If you did that,
> > > it would just do a clean install.  That's the easiest way I know of.  If
> > > you choose Update, it will overwrite the packages that have been changed
> > > :-\.  I don't know if I'm helping or not, but I don't really understand
> > > what you're saying.
> > >
> > > "Mark K. Kim" wrote:
> > > >
> > > > I could, but what would then happen to the existing files?  Won't rpm (the
> > > > program) complain about overwriting existing files?  Will it overwrite the
> > > > existing files, will it back up old files, or will it skip them?  If it
> > > > overwrites them, it's going to leave around old files that haven't been
> > > > overwritten.  If it backs up old files, that's great.  If it skips them,
> > > > I'll end up with a half-installed system that'll complain for the rest of
> > > > the partition's life.  I'd like to know what will happen before
> > > > installation so I know what to expect.
> > > >
> > > > Also, the other partitions work perfectly fine as far as I know.  I'd
> > > > rather install just the root partition to recover the system I had.
> > > >
> > > > -Mark
> > > >
> > > > On Wed, 9 May 2001, Brad Benedict wrote:
> > > >
> > > > > Can't you just re-install, and choose to format your root partition, and
> > > > > not your /home partition?  That's what I do when I screw Linux up to the
> > > > > point where it won't work anymore.
> > > > >
> > > > > "Mark K. Kim" wrote:
> > > > > >
> > > > > > My Linux has been acting weird for a while... and it's finally gotten
> > > > > > hosed today (just the root partition, as far as I can tell, though).
> > > > > > It's incredibly annoying to use alpha/beta kernel modules...  at least I
> > > > > > think that's the source of the problem...  I guess I'll reinstall the root
> > > > > > partition.
> > > > > >
> > > > > > But I'm not sure how I can install just the root partition.  'cause the
> > > > > > "install" option (on Mandrake) would try to *install* RPMs (as opposed to
> > > > > > *upgrade* RPMs) which may not work properly because there are existing
> > > > > > RPMs.  Which reminds me -- since the root partition is gone, the RPM
> > > > > > database is also gone, right? -- so what will happen if I try to
> > > > > > install/upgrade an RPM and there are existing files from the previous
> > > > > > install but not registered in the RPM database?
> > > > > >
> > > > > > Thanks!
> > > > > >
> > > > > > -Mark
> > > > > >
> > > > > > ---
> > > > > > Mark K. Kim
> > > > > > http://www.cbreak.org/mark/
> > > > > > PGP key available upon request.
> > > > >
> > > >
> > > > ---
> > > > Mark K. Kim
> > > > http://www.cbreak.org/mark/
> > > > PGP key available upon request.
> > >
> >
> > ---
> > Mark K. Kim
> > http://www.cbreak.org/mark/
> > PGP key available upon request.
>

---
Mark K. Kim
http://www.cbreak.org/mark/
PGP key available upon request.


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