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    Backing up before formatting FC6


    I'm planning to reformat and repartition my hard drive and then re-install Windows and FC6, and I've started the process of backing up everything in my Windows partition, including, naturally, personal files and documents, but also lists of installed software and configuration files for programs. I've done the routine dozens of times in Windows, but I haven't yet had to back up a Linux partition in the same way in preparation for a format.

    If I just back up my home folder, it'll take care of all the configuration files and personal files, as far as I can tell. But what about lists of the software I've installed? I know that both rpm and yum have features that'll print lists of all installed software, but these lists are cluttered with things that I'd be installing by default when I reinstall Linux anyway. Is there some way I can get a list of installed programs that I installed manually, instead of just a list of everything? That way, I'll know what I want to re-install after the format. Also, is there some other folder somewhere I should back up besides my home folder?

    If there's anything else you think of that I should probably do before formatting, I'd appreciate your input.

    Thanks for your help!

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    Quote Originally Posted by toasterking
    But what about lists of the software I've installed?
    Also, is there some other folder somewhere I should back up besides my home folder?
    Just write down the names of your favorite software. Besides, how big of a list could it be? I doubt you have hundreds of programs you've installed manually.

    I like to back up all my email contacts/saved msgs, bookmarks, /etc/profile, /etc/fstab, /boot/grub/grub.conf, and especially downloaded programs, so I don't have to keep track of them when I want to re-install them.
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    Thanks for your reply.

    You're right; the list of programs I've installed probably isn't very extensive, the but the likelihood of accidentally omitting something important is quite high. What I'm really looking for is a program equivalent to Belarc Advisor for windows, but as far as I know, nothing like that exists for Linux...

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