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I have backed up some contents of my home directory to a USB hard drive using Ubuntu's built-in backup program.

Is it possible to perform a clean installation of Ubuntu, then restore the contents of my home directory using the backup copies stored on the USB drive? Is it possible to perform a clean installation of another operating system in which DejaDup can be installed (for example, Debian), then restore the contents?

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Yes. The contents of a user's ~ do not affect the operating system itself, however the individual applications may be sensitive to changes in the formats and contents of configuration and data files stored within the home directory.

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I think the username does have to be the same, though. – Flimm Jan 23 '13 at 18:05
@Flimm: Not necessarily. That falls under the caveat in my answer. – Ignacio Vazquez-Abrams Jan 23 '13 at 18:08

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