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Authored by: Marc Wolfgram on Aug 30, '07 10:13:46PM

You miss the point that the old system will probably have NEWER software on it than the new system, especially with a fresh install as you recommend. In this case, migration will indeed yield the "bad mojo" you've experienced. The tip presented ensures that the new system is at the some or higher version than the one you are migrating from. With that assured, migrating the whole world is quite a sane thing.

The steps are then:
-- Create the user's account as the first account (UID 501).
-- Perform all SSW updates.
-- Repair permissions (forgot that in the tip above... it's not news)
-- Create temp account (UID 502)
-- From temp account migrate old system (old UID 501 user replaces new UID 501 user).

Perhaps the concept of maintaining the original UID is a bit anal, but the results are clean, and my experience with Migration Assistant has generally been excellent, including a Pismo to MacBook Pro, and last week, a G5 iMac to another MacBook Pro, which was flawless.

A fatal migration was a 10.4.10 system over a fresh 10.4.3 install... which is why I noodled out this solution.

-- Marc



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