[CentOS] How To Approach a Re-install Questions

Thu Apr 20 05:37:55 UTC 2006
Mark Sargent <mark at diabro.jp>

Kai Schaetzl wrote:

>If you don't use SELinux just copying over should be fine, mostly. However, 
>I wouldn't recommend it, apps sometimes spread their files a bit so you may 
>miss one or two ... Also, your rpm/yum database is not in sync then. What I 
>usually do (on server machines) is reinstall all software that is really 
>needed (which usually results in less software getting installed than on 
>the old machine ;-) and then replace their configuration files with the old 
>ones. Home directories, MySQL databases etc. can just be "carried over". 
>And you can carry over users by just adding them with cat or a text editor 
>to the passwd/shadow/group/gshadow files.
Hi All,

yes, what you say makes sense. I just re-installed and copied over home 
dir. Cheers.

Mark Sargent