I have been using Linux since 2004, and recently struck a problem with Manjaro that I have no encountered before with any Linux distro, including Manjaro, and am hoping somebody can point out if I made an error.
I am using the 64bit version with Cinnamon desktop. I previously had the minimal version loaded, but went for the bigger one this time, as it was a pain getting things like printing running with the minimal one.
I got caught with an upgrade problem involving video codecs, that appears to be common at the moment, and also appears to not have an easy solution, as well, I had a larger hard drive to set up, and excess software that I had trialled and not uninstalled. I therefore decided to reinstall Manjaro, and load the contents of the /home partition from the other disc.
Usually this gives me a leaner operating system with everything looking and acting the same as it did prior to the reinstall. This time though nothing adopted the settings from the earlier installation, even after I overwrote /home with the backup. I decided to not persist, and started again redoing settings, as it is a work machine, and I need it running. Consequently I setup the email accounts in Thunderbird from scratch, desktop themes, Firefox extensions, etc. etc.
I realise that I am talking a bit of a needle in a haystack, but would anyone have an idea as to what I did wrong, or is it built into Manjaro now? I can see me doing this again down the track, and do not want the same hassles. One thing I have always appreciated about Linux, is how easy it is to reinstall the operating system and not lose personal data if one has a separate home partition.
Thanks for taking the time to read this, and for any advice.