The question that I have is as follows:
It has been stressed ,to backup your home directory when you want to do a fresh install ;now ,the query that I have is ,when do you actually transfer the home file to your new OS.
I thought someone would answer this post as it sounds trival to me.
If one has a back up copy of the home directory, does a fresh re-install can surly copy the files off the saved home directory to the newly installed distro any time one wishes.
Is there is optimum time to copy the files?
I've got a separate /home partition,
so, when the time to re-install an O/S,
from the live_cd - I re-name the existing <user'_name> directory
to say <user_name2> & then re-install, using the old_user_name.
the install will usually proceed until the end & offer to re_boot.
once re_booted into the <new> O/S
- then I simply copy over anything that is required from <user_name2>
into the <new_user> partition that is within /home.