On Mon, Mar 14, 2011 at 07:13:46AM -0500, Blair Mason wrote: ..........snip......... > Your best bet would probably be rsync. You can use it for pretty much > anything... Basically, you use `rsync file dest`. You also probably want the > -avz options. So, the easiest solution is to just do something akin to the > following: > > 1. Mount the backup media (I will assume /mnt/bkup, adjust accordingly) > 2. run something like this: > rsync -avz / /mnt/bkup --exclude /mnt/bkup This would keep the backup on the hard drive. Not a good idea in case of a disk failure. Better to a USB drive. > or, if backing up to a server over ssh > rsync -avz -e ssh / user@hostname:~/backup > > A restore is as simple booting live media, mounting all your drives the in the > same structure (say on /mnt/restore), and then > rsync -av /mnt/bkup /mnt/restore Wouldn't that dump the entire system into /mnt/restore? I'll take this opportunity to reveal my ignorance. Up until now I've never had to restore an entire system. What would happen if I ran, on a clean install: rsync -avz /media/disk/backup /? Would that repopulate the existing directories or would it install the entire system in /, duplicating the existing directories? -- Bob Holtzman Key ID: 8D549279 "If you think you're getting free lunch, check the price of the beer"
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