Should I, or should I not?
This was the question I pondered last Saturday night.
And if I did, which option would I choose?
I’m telling you – it was a night of big decisions.
I had downloaded the newest version of Linux Mint and had burned it onto a DVD. There it sat on the table looking inviting. I could hear it whispering at me to go ahead and be a devil.
Now I had three options. I could do nothing and just let the disk sulk. I could install the new version but leave my Home directory untouched [the Home directory is where all my work, files and setting are kept] or I could do a clean sweep, clear out everything and start afresh.
One way or another, it was time to back up all my stuff so I decided to copy the home folder to another disk as a backup. It was long overdue. Also there was about 400Gb of shit in there [around 10,000 times bigger than my first hard drive!] and it needed a good clean. I selected the main stuff I wanted to copy, fired off the copying process and went to bed.
Yesterday I had a look to see how it went. Grand job. All done.
I pondered my options again. I looked at that 400Gb and decided to go the whole hog. I slipped in the DVD and off it went cleaning everything out and starting from scratch.
It went well. Nothing blew up and there wasn’t a trace of a fire. It’s a pity they can’t make DVD drives a bit quieter though. Mind you, I rarely use it so it doesn’t matter.
I ran a little file which I wrote that installs all my favourite programmes, and there are a couple that have to be manually installed so I did them. First thing I tried was my little web server.
It didn’t work.
I uninstalled it and tried installing it a different way. That didn’t work either. I tried installing an older version that I had used up ’til Friday. Nope. I was getting a little frustrated but I eventually discovered that all I had to do was copy the files from my backup. That worked.
I then went to work on a document. First I had to restore all my documents in their little [Hah! Huge!] folder. I couldn’t find the folder on the backup drive but there, where the Documents folder should be, was an empty Desktop one. I realised what I had done. I had accidentally selected Desktop instead of Documents for the backup [they are beside each other] so all my documents are lost. Fuck! Shit! Bugger! I have an older backup but anything created or updated since then is gone.
I now have a shiny new Mint that has some improvements over the older one.
And I have around 300Gb of empty terrain to play around in.