I reinstalled Ubuntu 12.04 after a corruption caused by a faulty operation (not much interesting but you can read about it). The old system had three partitions, one for boot, one for / and one for home. I followed these instructions to restore the system keeping my home dir. Basically what I did was:
- full backup of the old disc using
- export the list of installed packages in the old system
- reinstall Ubuntu 12.04 not formatting the partition containing home directories
- reinstall the packages I had in the old system using the list of step 1.
Everything still works and most of the settings have been kept, but not all. I have my desktop icons, my firefox bookmarks, etc. But other configurations have been lost.
Now I'd like to replace the
/etc of the new system with the
/etc of the old one - I have a copy of it - so to have the same system as before, or at least very similar.
Before trying by myself to swap the new
/etc with the old one I'd like to be aware of the possible issues which could arise, so to prevent bad things from happening again.
Any thoughts or suggestions?