I currently run OpenSuse 12.3 (Dartmouth) and since it is no longer supported I would like to perform a clean install for latest OpenSuse Leap and keep my existing files inside home folder. I have a separate "home" partition. If during the installation I keep the home partition and do not format it, will I get compatibility problems?
you could run into compability problems if config files change their format or if you have plugins included in your dotfiles (e.g. firefox).
Just give it a try. I've used the same home directory on a dual boot system for Arch and openSuSe and went well with it.
You should watch out for files like
.xinitrc where typically a window manager is specified. So be sure you have all applications installed that are referenced by scripts in your home directory.
If you plan to do some clean up though, I would backup my home directory first, start out with a fresh one to have sane defaults and then copy over only the stuff I need.
Be sure to check device related to home.
df /home Filesystem 1K-blocks Used Available Use% Mounted on /dev/sda3 95164008 368388 94795620 1% /home
in this case /dev/sda3.
During the install you will be given a choice to select partitionning. (see official documentation §6)
/must be at least 20 Gb.
- If you have time, disk and memory, you may try install/upgrade on a virtual host.
- You may also retrieve leap repository and do an upgrade.