Restoring from an rsync backup of /
I recently backed up and restored my SuSE 10 install on my laptop using rsync:
rsync -av / server:/Backup/mylaptop
So my entire system was copied to '/Backup/mylaptop' on my file server.
I then repartitioned my disks (using Knoppix) and rsync'd everything back to /dev/hda1. Redid grub so it pointed to the right partition.
So - it boots and everything works just like it used to EXCEPT for some strange things.
The most obvious thing is bootsplash.. I don't have one anymore, no matter what I do with mkinitrd, splash=silent, setting vga modes, etc. There is no /proc/splash file - it never gets created. No error messages indicate why.
Now - I don't care about a bootsplash screen - but it has bugged me for 4 weeks why it won't work and I play around with it daily.
Today - one thought I had was that doing my rsync of everything - I copied things like /proc and /sys .. So there are files on disk even though these are directories Linux builds in memory. I tried erasing the contents of these directories (booted from Knoppix again to do it) on disk. No difference.. I was thinking maybe there was confusion being caused there -- but darn.
Anyway, I'm not a newbie - and I've run down just about every suggestion to fix bootsplash and nothing works. I thought maybe the added twist of having restored my system from an rsync backup might be a clue that would give someone the 'ahas' ;-)
Thanks for any suggestions!