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Author: Hector Gonzalez Jaime
To: dng
Subject: Re: [DNG] moving to a new system

On 6/24/22 10:56, o1bigtenor via Dng wrote:
> On Fri, Jun 24, 2022 at 10:19 AM Dr. Nikolaus Klepp via Dng
> <dng@???> wrote:
>> Anno domini 2022 Fri, 24 Jun 09:05:39 -0500
>> o1bigtenor via Dng scripsit:
>>> Greetings
>>> Hoping that I'm not asking too many questions.
>>> (moving from debian testing to devuan testing (daedalus)
>>> the old system is under 5.17.xx and the new one is on 5.18
>>> if that makes for differences)
>>> (I've learnt the hard way that just winging things means a LOT more
>>> work and even a greater chance for issues.)
>>> My existing system has been a work in progress for over 10 years. So
>>> I've gotten things
>>> set up quite the way that I like them so things change slowly but in
>>> that there are also
>>> less 'terror' moments when everything has gone 'goofy'.
>>> Is there any way to move over things like settings (and all the other
>>> pamphernania) for browsers and libreoffice and the like?
>>> I was thinking of doing things by using scp from the old system to the new one.
>>> Dunno if that would create issues or not.
>>> Any better ideas - - - - well I'm all ears!!!
>> Move your home directory to the new system ... and use rsync, not scp.
> That seems simple - - - - except I've never used rsync yet.
> Suggestions for a good recipe to follow- - - please?

from the new system (this will overwrite /home files if you have them):

rsync -avxKSH root@oldsystem:/home/ /home/

means make a backup, show what you do, don't change filesystems, keep
dirlinks, use sparse files, and keep hard links, from
root@oldsystem:/home/ to your local /home/

Just don't do this for the root filesystem, unless it is to put it
somewhere else

This will use ssh for authentication, either use a key for
authenticating, (man ssh-keygen) or change the user to what it needs to be.

man rsync explains the options in detail.  You can interrupt this
command and run it again, it will continue where it left.

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Hector Gonzalez