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Old 11th October 2015
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I accidentally deleted /etc (don't ask) and need to reinstall. FAQ14 says that I can do this without overwriting /home, whjch is in partition k. It says "just don't format it". How do I do that (not give it a mount point perhaps)?
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Sorry about that. The install script will ask you if you want to accept automatic defaults, edit the automatic defaults, or edit the disklabel. Without knowing what you chose in the past, I'd choose editing the disklabel. The install script will only format partitions you [n]ame as mount points, and you can [n]ame all partitions except /home. See the disklabel(8) man page.

Perhaps you'll consider backup and recovery solutions after this experience? There are many options.
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Thanks for the prompt reply. I do have backup with tarsnap but I'd rather revive my /home if possible.

By "edit the disklabel" I assume you mean choosing what the install script calls Custom Layout? That seems to be the only way to get "none" as the default mount point. But how do I restore /home after completing the reinstall? Edit /etc/fstab?
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Yep. Add it back in to your recreated fstab.
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Back in business! Thanks very much for your help. Useful lesson!
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