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Re: Hot-backup a complete Debian install

> I might be (and probably am) missing something, but wouldn't rsync (over 
> ssh) work?

Does rsync handle device files correctly, hard links, sparse files, etc?
(I'm not trying to troll, I honestly don't know if it handles all of these
things.)  I saw an article a while back comparing backup tools, I don't
recall where, that basically concluded that the only tool that was safe for
full backup/restore was "dump" and "restore".  Even tar didn't handle every
file type correctly (I think it didn't do sparse files - it ended up
inflating them) - I don't recall if they tested "star" or not.  Anyways,
since then I've been meaning to look into dump/restore but have not yet.

Take care,
Dale E. Martin, Clifton Labs, Inc.
Senior Computer Engineer
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