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Jul 9 2012, 11:58pm Anchor

I'm soon updating(reinstalling to newer version) my OS and I'm wondering how I can transfer my saves to the new version? Do I merely need to copy the directory where I unpacked desura to?

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Edited by: RETNUH94

Jul 10 2012, 6:04am Anchor

You will find that most, if not all the games, will have a hidden folder in your home folder which contains information (profile, save games) for each game. I would back up these hidden files as well. Ctrl + H in Nautilus to view hidden files.

Not sure if you need to back up anything else for the save games to be carried over to your new install. Hope this helps.

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Dragonlord Linux-Dragon of quick wit and sharp tongue
Jul 10 2012, 10:23am Anchor

Backup both /home/username (including hidden files as mentioned above... hidden files all start with a period) as well as the desura directory. This is required since some games are brain damaged and store their saves inside the game directory.

And if you reinstall Linux make sure you create 3 partitions, one for / (root), one for /home and one for /opt (where desura usually should be). 10G or more is enough for root. Split the rest for /home and /opt as you see fit. This way if you reinstall you just have to format root and leave the other two partitions untouched.

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Jul 10 2012, 12:58pm Anchor

I'm not really fond of the /opt partition, but definitely make a / and /home partitions. then you need not worry about any of your files/saves - they will always be safe even if you install another Linux distro.

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Dragonlord Linux-Dragon of quick wit and sharp tongue
Jul 10 2012, 5:56pm Anchor

/opt is useful to prevent broken applications from rampaging. I had once Half-Life wiping all my "c:\program files" trying to uninstall a broken copy. You can guess what this meant => reinstalling windows.

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Jul 10 2012, 6:04pm Anchor
Dragonlord wrote:Backup both /home/username (including hidden files as mentioned above... hidden files all start with a period) as well as the desura directory. This is required since some games are brain damaged and store their saves inside the game directory.

And if you reinstall Linux make sure you create 3 partitions, one for / (root), one for /home and one for /opt (where desura usually should be). 10G or more is enough for root. Split the rest for /home and /opt as you see fit. This way if you reinstall you just have to format root and leave the other two partitions untouched.


Do I need the /opt partition to be separate? Desura just set up camp where I unpacked it, and seems to be working fine(though something happened to the original shortcut after i used it the first time and got an error). So is /opt that important? If so should I just make it inside an extended partition?

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Dragonlord Linux-Dragon of quick wit and sharp tongue
Jul 11 2012, 2:23pm Anchor

/opt is optional as the name implies. In general software not installed by the package manager of your distribution or that is special mixing data with code (and tend to be huge) is usually installed into /opt . And since desura does mix binaries, libraries, shares, config and user-data in one place /opt is where it should correctly go. You are though free to place it wherever you want.

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