Keeping a copy of Ubuntu 13.04 on my USB stick saved me some major headache. I was playing with a lot of PPA's for the latest GNOME packages and some third party themes. I kind of went over the line and can't find my way back. I decided to just re-install Ubuntu. I remember that I downloaded 13.04 last April 2013 and saved it in a USB stick I kept for situations like this one.
My first thought was I'm going to spend my whole weekend now and more. Then I went and start GNOME terminal to survey my partitions.
# /etc/fstab: static file system information.
# / was on /dev/sda1 during installation
/ ext4 errors=remoun$
# /home was on /dev/sda2 during installation
/home ext4 defaults $
# /home/donato/Downloads was on /dev/sdb1 during installation
/home/donato/Downloads ext4 defaul$
# /home/donato/Music was on /dev/sdb2 during installation
/home/donato/Music ext4 defaults $
# /home/donato/videos was on /dev/sdb3 during installation
/home/donato/Videos ext4 defaults $
# swap was on /dev/sda3 during installation
/dev/fd0 /media/floppy0 auto rw,user,noauto,exec,utf8 0 0
I'm happy that the Ubuntu installer GUI makes this task very easy enough. I don't have to touch my data. Just the operating system files and directories located in / root. Translation: that's the "something else" option in the installer process.
The rest of my partitions have to be detected and mounted automatically on boot. So you have to explicitly type the mount points for each of your partitions. The /etc/fstab file above tells Ubuntu all my partitions and where to mount them. The fstab file is generated by the installer from the information you type during this part of the install process.
With my modest Internet connection (1 MB) I was prompted to restart after 1 hour and 50 minutes. I restarted the computer. I have my Ubuntu 13.04 Unity desktop, flash and I can play music (mp3,flac). I can watch Youtube right off.
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