[CentOS] using a previous /home dir

Dick Roth raroth7 at comcast.net
Sat Jun 9 19:22:17 UTC 2007

If you are installing via CD isos, then you will be given an opportunity 
to save your partitions of choice from re-formating.  Just don't let the 
install program partition automatically.  I've kept the same data in my 
home directory from Red Hat 7.2 through Fedora and onto CentOS and never 
had a problem.

I don't know about other methods of installation.


Shawn Brown wrote:
> Hi,
> how can I use my previous /home partion under a new installation of cent0S5?
> Is it something like:
> mount it
> chown it (so the UIDs match)
> fstab it (suggestions here pelase)
> Was using fc6 that died in an update (I think XP under vm ware crashed) 
> and segfaulted on reboot.
> Wanted to go to centOS anyway so...
> Um, the /home is a mirrored raid device across 2 disks.  I can mount it 
> fine.
> Sorry if this seems so simple to find it on google.  I searched around 
> and thought I'd ask before going further thinking maybe someone has a 
> howto or would suggest a reinstall of centOS5 with it pointed to the 
> /home directory I'd like to use.  Wasn't sure how to do that without 
> reformatting is though.
> I doubt this is relevant at this moment but the previous installation 
> was i686 and the new on is x86_64
> Thanks and happy to be finallying using centOS
> Shawn
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