Back up technique for one-time re-install
I haven't done a fresh install since FC1, and I've learned a lot about how I want my system arranged since then. For FC4, I think I'll do the whole she-bang.
My question is, what's the best way to back up my /home directory, pretty much intact, so I can eventually restore all the hidden directories, etc that I want. I don't necessarily want to replace /home intact, I just want to have everything available so I can pick and choose what to restore.
I have an external drive I can move it to. What would be the cp format to archive it? cp -r /home /OtherDisk? Will it be a problem if I format the external disk as FAT, since the /home directory is ext3?
How about storing the directory in pieces on CDRs? That would be a little easier is I could count on the cd writing software. Looked at K3B, and wasn't convinced it would get all the hidden files and directories. Am I wrong about that?