[arch-general] new pc; keep arch installation?

Rafael Beraldo rafaelluisberaldo at gmail.com
Tue May 25 10:02:49 EDT 2010


When I reinstall Arch Linux --- or any other Linux at all --- I often keep
the configuration files in my home directory. I mean, for example, you can
preserve the directory ~/.purple thus keeping your Pidgin configuration.

So, what I suggest is that you do a clean installation and just copy those
directories from your old PC to your new one.

2010/5/25 Vincent Schut <schut at sarvision.nl>

> Hi,
> I'm going to get a new pc, replacing my now more than 5 years old pc. I
> would like to keep my current arch installation, and hope to prevent the
> need to do a full reinstall. I like the software I have, and I like the
> configuration I have...
> Could I just put my old harddisk (which is relatively new and still OK, I
> have SMART enabled) in the new pc and reboot?
> Both are amd 64 bit cpu's, the old one one of the first athlon 64's, the
> new one a Phenom II X6 1035T (and my current arch linux install is 64bit)
> Of course stuff like chipset, network chip, video etc. are all different.
> For video that would be no problem, I could install other (current = nvidia,
> new pc = ati) drivers from the text console. However, I'd like basic stuff
> and network to work :-)
> Could anyone give me an idea about the chance of luck for such an
> operation? Tips, hints? Or would you just advise a clean install and install
> and reconfigure all software again?
> Regards,
> Vincent Schut.

Rafael Beraldo

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