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Rebuild damaged system directory (for example, /lib)

Let's say I have a Linux system, either Debian, Ubuntu, or CentOS, where a user removed /lib, for example. Let's also say that I managed to boot this system with a livecd version of whatever OS it was ...
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Installing different distro without losing /home

I have a 2 year old laptop with Linux Mint 13 on it. Recently I've been having some problems with it (computer freezing, my settings suddenly disappearing and more) so I've been thinking about ...
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wheezy maven install

I have wheezy installed from a pen drive. Updated things and thought I had got maven and eclipse. But maven projects would not compile. I uninstalled all the maven programs I could find in Add/remove ...
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If some program is not working in Ubuntu, how to uninstall and reinstall

I'd be specially interested in a solution that covers the dependencies of this program, and not only the program as such. I have several programs that don't work after I updated to Ubuntu 13.04 from ...
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Debian wheezy re - installation [duplicate]

I am new to linux and I wanted to start learning it. So, I had installed debian. But while installation, I forgot to give username and password for login and also for root. Is it possible to log in ...
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Cant install Linux Mint over Ubuntu , Help…migrating from Windows 7…first time Linux

I have Ubuntu 12.10 installed on HDD. Over the last 2 days I have been using Linux Mint on LiveCD and decided that that is what I want. When I partition the hdd should it be in fat32? fat16? or one ...
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Should I clean up the home directory prior installing a new distribution?

I'm used to keep all my files in my /home directory after whiping out my root / device and reinstalling distributions. This is pretty handy as all private files and personal settings are kept after ...
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How to safely replace one Linux distribution with another one via SSH?

I'm intending to replace a NAS's Custom Linux with Arch Linux (details at the bottom), of course wishing to preserve all user data and (due to the SSH-only headless access) attempting to be fool-proof ...
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Separating OS on a SSD from user settings and apps on HDD

I want to be able to format my OS SDD and format and reinstall without losing any user data, is this possible? I'm currently doing this on Windows 7 and 8 with the help of portable apps and some ...
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How to create a list of installed packages for easy/automatic reinstall after disk is formatted

I'll change my system from 32 bits to 64 bits, and will be the same I had before, Debian Squeeze, but I do not want to lose the programs I installed before, because I do not remember the name of them ...
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recover mysql databases after reinstall debian

I've recently reinstalled my Debian server but forgot to backup mysql databases which were in folder /var/lib/mysql. I need to recover them and tried to use PhotoRec but I can't find the mysql ...
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Why do most distros (other than Debian) recommend/require a full reinstall when upgrading to a new version?

Having spent most of my Linux life using Debian, I'm been having a look at other distros and am really surprised at extent to which they don't provide a smooth upgrade between versions. Debian is ...
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reinstall debian

I have a Debian based server but I don't have physical access to it and it doesn't have a DVD-drive or similar. I only have root access. Is it possible to format and reinstall Debian just by using the ...
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Backing up chroots for host reinstall

I've had my workstation for a couple of years now and its slowly become a complex beast, taking on many roles for my dev and test work. I have done some research and was thinking of setting up some ...
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How to reinstall /bin/sh

I have accidentally deleted /bin/sh, and I am trying to to re-install it. If I type sh in the terminal, It says The program 'sh' can be found in the following packages: * bash * dash If I try to ...
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Is it possible to reinstall Debian afresh and retain all the cutomisation and data from existing installation?

I have done something stupid and messed up my Debian Squeeze installation. Now, the problem is I have enough data and sowftware installations which I dont want to repeat, is it possible to reinstall ...
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What preparations should I make before reinstalling windows?

Since Windows still does not offer means to skip rewriting the MBR, what can I do before reinstalling Windows to get Grub2 back into the MBR as easy as possible? (I'll also appreciate it if the answer ...