Mepis Install

Reinstalling the /root without losing /home

Upgrading To a Newer Version

For : Mepis Linux

by : je.saist

Installing Mepis is simple and straight forward, but there are many types of installations that can be accomplished with a Linux Operating System.

This guide depends on two previous conditions having been met.

First Condition: That Mepis has already been installed

Second Condition: That the /root and /home partitions are seperate

One of the reasons for keeping /root and /home seperate is that if somehow some device does manage to hose the OS, you can repair the Operating system without endangering user data.

This also is the method by which you can easily upgrade to the latest released version of Mepis.

1: The first step is to click on the Install Me icon on the Mepis LiveCD

2: From here we have the Mepis OS Center and some of the tools for the Mepis version of Linux.

Click on Install MEPIS on Hard Drive

3: At this point we should see the Mepis Linux Copyright. Click Next

4: We should now have up our primary installation screen. Currently the dot here is place on the Custom Install.

5: While we are not intending to change the partitions, lets make sure our partitions are intact.

 Click on Run QTParted

6: It seems that our /dev/hda still has our previous partitions listed. Good.

7: Click on the X to close QTParted.

8: When the Mepis OS Center loads back up, go ahead and Click Next

9: Make sure to check your partitions here. Right now Mepis is trying to stick our /root partition in the much larger /home partition.

Make sure you have the right partitions selected.

10: There we go. Now it looks good. All our partitions are back in place.

11:  It's probably a good idea to have Mepis check for badblocks if you are having to reinstall the /root partition

12: Now, put a checkmark in Preserve data in /home (if upgrading)

Not putting a check here makes this a regular installation, and all data will be lost.

13: Typical to most installations Mepis will ask if it is okay to format the /root partition

So Click Yes

14: Click Yes again to format the swap.

15: Now, make sure that the dialog box states it will use No Format

If it does, Click Yes

16: Visit Gamenikki while you are waiting on Mepis to Install.

17: The installation resumes the typical steps. Install the Grub into MBR and HDA

If you want both kernels, go ahead and put both kernels.

Word of advice, if you are having to reinstall because of a potential hardware problem or un-identified issue it is probably a good idea to have both kernels on hand. If you are just upgrading, it's your choice.

18: Click Yes to install the Grub bootloader

19: Grub will let you know if the install was successful. Click OK

20: As typical of the install, enter your username and passwords.

21: Mepis will note if you have already used that name before and ask if you want to re-use the old home directory. That's probably a good idea.

Click Yes

22: Fill in the network information

If you are not planning on running a Mepis computer through a router , you do not have to fill these in.  If you do intend to have multiple computers on a router, make sure the Computer Name is different on each one.

Click Next once the information is entered.

23: Select the services you want to have start when the system turns on.

Click Next to continue

24: 44: If you have a non US keyboard, or want to change the system time, this can be done so from this dialog box.

Click Next to proceed

25: Congrats.  Click Finish

26: Then Click Yes to reboot into your new OS.

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