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Old 03-11-2006, 04:24 PM   #1
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How to span DVDs or CDs

I'm running SuSE Professional 9.1 and have both CD and DVD burners. I'd like to backup my home directory but I've got more than 7 GB of data. Is there a program that will span media such as DVDs or CDs?

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Old 03-11-2006, 05:50 PM   #2
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You might want to check out this script which uses tar and growisofs and other bits and pieces to do what you want.
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Hi. Took a look. It doesn't seem to address my main problem which is spanning multiple media. If I missed something I apologize.
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You can use DAR to create 4GB archives, then burn them to optical media separately.
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Found this solution that works pretty well.
Installs easily, just untar it and follow the installtion instructions in the README. If you read the README file for installation and want to run it as other than root, substitute the username for the indended operator on the chown line of the instructions. They include files for DVD backups as well. Since I was running it as myself I was able to just execute their sdvdbackup_home command (that was it, no options or anything) and it determined my home directory and stared burning it to DVDs. It just prompted me to feed new DVDs when it needed. To determine what files are on what media they have a script on each DVD that contains a complete listing of what files went where so it determines what files will be burned to what media before it even starts writing the first one. Seems pretty simply and very functional.



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