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    Transferring "Home" directory from one desktop to another

    I'm upgrading from Fed 24 64bit to 26 same. Home apparently encompasses the whole configuration setup, but I haven't figured out how to copy it to a usb stick in one go. It is 8070 items and only 6G.

    My reason for this is mozilla doesn't list TB for Fedora any more.

    Any help gratefully accepted.

    jeb

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    Re: Transferring "Home" directory from one desktop to another

    For something that is 6 gigs, you may want to consider using a tar file.
    It saves each file's stats, i.e, permissions, time stamps, ownership...
    To create the tar file you would sudo tar -cjvf transfer.tar /home
    Then to recreate (with all the permissions and time stamps etc)
    sudo tar -xvf transfer.tar /home

    It is easy to test using tar. Its only 6 gigs.
    The other way, is with rsync
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    Re: Transferring "Home" directory from one desktop to another

    It is worth noting that if you are just upgrading, it should use the same /home directory, so nothing would change for you. If you are re-installing from scratch, if /home is a separate partition, you can keep it as is, and format only / partition. In any case taking a backup of it is a good idea.

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    Re: Transferring "Home" directory from one desktop to another

    Quote Originally Posted by lsatenstein
    For something that is 6 gigs, you may want to consider using a tar file.
    It saves each file's stats, i.e, permissions, time stamps, ownership...
    To create the tar file you would sudo tar -cjvf transfer.tar /home
    Then to recreate (with all the permissions and time stamps etc)
    sudo tar -xvf transfer.tar /home

    It is easy to test using tar. Its only 6 gigs.
    The other way, is with rsync
    ******

    Hi, thanks for your response; I'll give it a try.

    My approach(based on a comment on another thread) was to copy all docs and folders titles of which started with a dot "." and trfr to the Home directory on the 2nd box. There are 6 docs and 7 folders with the dot.

    I copied all individually to "Home" on the USB stick; that showed 6490 items and 2.8G. Then trying to copy to the Home drive on the 2nd box I found at the end of the "Copy to" directions for each doc/dir, not only were there no entries in Home of the base drive for Fed Linux, looking at the USB stick from there nothing showed in that folder on the stick. Hmm: confused:

    There are a # of possibilities(I'm sure more than I know):
    1. I read that Mozilla states TB no longer available for Linux
    2. Conflicts w/same name folders
    3. I don't remember where I read of hardware limitations to Intel(paranoia or ?}

    Thanks again for your help

    jeb

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    Re: Transferring "Home" directory from one desktop to another

    Quote Originally Posted by srakitnican
    It is worth noting that if you are just upgrading, it should use the same /home directory, so nothing would change for you. If you are re-installing from scratch, if /home is a separate partition, you can keep it as is, and format only / partition. In any case taking a backup of it is a good idea.
    Hi, another possibility to consider.

    My concern is that mozilla TB is apparently no longer available for linux. My primary concern is my accumulated contacts/posts, etc. I certainly don't want to lose those. After those are secure I'll look into another email provider.

    Offline for now, back later today.

    jeb

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    Re: Transferring "Home" directory from one desktop to another

    Not sure where the idea that Thunderbird is not available for Linux any more comes from.

    The source of choice for Thunderbird would be the Fedora repos:

    Code:
    dnf install thunderbird
    being the way I install it.

    If you need to get it from the Mozilla site though, "systems and languages" below the green "Free Downlaod" button will take you here:

    Code:
    https://www.mozilla.org/en-US/thunderbird/all/
    where you will find versions for Windows, Mac and Linux.

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    Re: Transferring "Home" directory from one desktop to another

    Backup tools such as tar or rsync will ensure that the ownerships and time stamps are preserved and that the data is copied correctly.
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    Re: Transferring "Home" directory from one desktop to another

    Quote Originally Posted by srakitnican
    It is worth noting that if you are just upgrading, it should use the same /home directory, so nothing would change for you. If you are re-installing from scratch, if /home is a separate partition, you can keep it as is, and format only / partition. In any case taking a backup of it is a good idea.
    Hi srakit nican
    Some Fedora users allow anaconda to choose lvm or lvm thin provisioning. In that case, /home is part of the large mass, and reformatting / is to lose /home.

    You probably use the anaconda "Standard option" with separate partitions for /, /home, /boot, etc. If that is what was done, then the obligation is to insure that /home is not overwritten if reinstalling Fedora or upgrading by doing a re-installation.
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    Re: Transferring "Home" directory from one desktop to another

    Hi all,

    I took bbfuller's advice and installed TB via Fedora then copied the default folder and the profiles.ini from the other box.

    Now all I need is where to find the "solved" insert.

    Thanks to all for the info new to me.

    jeb

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    Re: Transferring "Home" directory from one desktop to another

    Hello jeb,

    Glad that worked for you.

    You probably don't need to know, but that Thunderbird folder is portable enough that with the preceding dot removed it'll work if put in the correct location in Windows as well.

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