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Re: What to backup?



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On Fri, May 02, 2003 at 10:39:23AM -0500, Michael Kahle wrote:
> I just recently inherited a DLT1 tape drive from a friend!  :)  I ordered 4
> DLT tapes and a cleaning tape.  

If it's anything like floppy or CD cleaning disks, you've wasted your
money on something that do more harm than good.

> I know that /proc is not necessary to back up, but what else?  I want to use
> as little tape as possible (these tapes are expensive) and backup only what
> is necessary to restore the machine to the state it was in before the crash.
> I also want the data on the tape in case I delete something accidentally.

You only need to back up /etc, /home and /var/mail.  From that point,
you have enough to restore the system from your tape and apt to what
you had before whatever disaster killed your data.

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