How to preserve users in new install?

Christopher Stone chris.stone at
Mon May 31 02:57:17 UTC 2004

OT: but why do you want to do a fresh install instead of just upgrading?

On Sun, 30 May 2004 23:53:54 -0300, romildo at
<romildo at> wrote:
> Hello.
> Currently I have Fedora Core 1 installed in my computer,
> and I want to install Fedora Core 2. The problem isi
> that I want to keep the same users that there is now.
> Is there a way of backing up what users exists now and
> their private data, and restore them after installation?
> Note that I do not want an upgrade, but a new install
> of the OS.
> Is it enough to backup /etc/{group,passwd,shadow} and
> /home/* before installation, and restore them afterwards?
> Will the users will be back and functional after that?
> Romildo
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