Just recovered from a bricked install for the first time... Accidentally broke it a few days ago when I made the mistake of only partially upgrading some packages.

Used a tar backup to overwrite my root partition, but that caused a lot of conflicting packages errors. Eventually fixed all of them and tried doing a full system upgrade when a power outage hit and bricked the install again. (1/2)

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Just removed the entire root partition this time, extracted the tar onto the clean partition, actually finished the upgrade this time and bam - finally back on my fresh, up-to-date OS with no reinstalling of the OS or programs. What a ride, but at least I know that my backups work now... 😅 (2/2)

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