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Please refer to the Ubuntu campus community for support
The Ubuntu campus community only supports stable LTS releases

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When new versions of Ubuntu are released it is probably better to install again rather than upgrade.

If you want to go from a 32 bit system to a 64 bit system, then you will have to re-install.

Please note
  • This procedure is for desktops that do not run any server services. If you do run any server services then backup the server data BEFORE re-installing. You have been warned.

Option A - Easy procedure using Synaptic, but no system backup and restore.

Option B - Advanced procedure

This option provides system backup and restore.

Please note
Step 1 - Prepare and run a backup script

Using a text editor, copy and paste the following to a file in your home folder and name it, to be run with sudo before re-installing.


# This script creates the backup folders.
# Then backs up the data.

# Create the folders
mkdir /home/backup
mkdir /home/backup/root
mkdir /home/backup/etc
mkdir /home/backup/opt
mkdir /home/backup/usr

# Perform the backup
rsync -av /root/ /home/backup/root/
rsync -av /etc/ /home/backup/etc/
rsync -av /opt/ /home/backup/opt/
rsync -av /usr/local/ /home/backup/usr/

# Store list of currently installed software
dpkg --get-selections > /home/backup/installed-apps.txt

Then make it executeable, by typing the following in a terminal:

chmod a+x /home/$USER/

Then run it, by typing the following in a terminal:

sudo /home/$USER/
Step 2 - Install Ubuntu again
DO NOT format the partition that contains your /home data during the installation of Ubuntu again. Use custom partitioning during installation and select the partition to be used again and mounted as /home. Do not select it to be formatted !!


Step 3 - Restore previously installed Ubuntu software

First setup your new installation to point to the campus ftp server for software access. Then type the following in a terminal.

sudo apt-get update
sudo dpkg --set-selections < /home/backup/installed-apps.txt
sudo apt-get -u dselect-upgrade
Step 4 - Restore previous customised software

Type the following in a terminal:

sudo rsync -av /home/backup/opt/ /opt/
sudo rsync -av /home/backup/usr/ /usr/local/


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