There's nothing like a freshly installed computer

After a system that had been slowly deteriorating since my upgrade to Tiger half a year back, I finally bit the bullet and reinstalled my system.

Glad I did! It’s one of those things, where you’re a bit scared—you know what you’ve got, but what if something goes awry along the way. But once you take the time to do it, it always pays off.

My system had been through Panther and Tiger, Fink and Darwinports, PostgreSQL and MySQL, OpenACS and Rails, besides lots of manually compiled packages and a ton of applications. It was showing.

But now I’m back with a vengeance, and I don’t know if it’s me, or if the screen actually does look brighter.

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I'm hesitating as well, having done the same silly upgrade with Tiger. Any special tricks? Or did you just grab the mirror from an external HD and put apps etc. back on? How much did you have to reinstall, reactivate etc.?
I chose Erase & install. The first time, though, when it asked if it should import from another partition, I asked it to import from my SuperDuper backup from right before. Bad idea, all the problems were imported with it. Se I started over, and this time, I reinstalled everything from scratch, including finding the emails with the license keys for all software I've bought, etc. One thing I did, though, was manually copy over the files from ~/Library/, folder by folder, to make sure I got all my data, but none of the crud like data from applications I had already removed or didn't want to reinstall. That was what it took. It took a full day, and there's one piece that I still don't have running, namely OpenVPN2, but it was worth it. I cleared out two days, just to be on the safe side.
By Lars Pind on Thu, Nov 10, 05 at 17:31 · Reply
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