[kdepim-users] What files should I backup?

Anne Wilson annew at kde.org
Wed Aug 19 15:48:56 BST 2009

On Wednesday 19 August 2009 14:03:13 Gary C Curtin wrote:
> On Wednesday 19 August 2009 1:38:21 r bartlett wrote:
> >  it is .kde/ not .kde4/ so I'm guessing I will have to do some file
> >  editing.  I will see how things go and, again, I really appreciate the
> >  help.  If I keep my whole .kde/ directory will that cause problems?
> >  Should I at least rename it to .kde4/ beforehand or something like that?
> You may want to check with one of the KDE lists. Simply renaming a
> directory will probably just cause problems.

Do you have to go the upgrade path?  So much has changed between 8 and 11 that 
I can almost guarantee that it will take at least a week to get everything 
working again, and even then you may be left with unexplained glitches.  I 
would recommend copying the whole of your /home to external storage.  If 
possible also copy your /etc.

When you've done that, wipe all the dot files and folders, preferrably while 
running from a live CD, keeping just your data and do a clean install.  With 
your external storage attached it will be easy to copy back essential configs.  
Always open both the old and the new config and check for similarity.  My 
preference, when I do that, is to rename the newly installed one to 
foobar.orig then copy the old one over.  If it causes any problems you still 
have the original one.

I did it this way, although it wasn't such a big jump as you intend.  I had a 
working install in a couple of hours, and I found one or two things I'd missed 
over the next 2-3 days.  None of it was a big deal, due to those backup files.

Hope that helps.

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