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Old 06-08-2005, 02:14 PM   #1
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Backing up my slack partition - what app to use?


Hello,

Here is my current hard drive setup:
140 GB NTFS with Windows XP installed
4 GB (its full) Fat32 with HP Recovery Software
20 GB reseirfs Slackware -current installed

I would like to backup my entire slackware install, so I could try out a couple other distros and then if I don't like them restore my slackware install. I'm looking for an app that can backup my 20 GB install into a gzipped file or image file on my linux partition that I can then just burn to cds or dvds. Does anyone know of a free app that would do this?

I don't want to resize my windows partition because I don't have it all backed up and have some valuable data on it.

Thanks,
Garibaldi
 
Old 06-08-2005, 02:23 PM   #2
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tar
 
Old 06-08-2005, 02:26 PM   #3
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So how would I do that, just create a new targz file in a directory and then add the root directory to it? What about restoring, how would I restore an install from such a backup?
 
Old 06-08-2005, 02:29 PM   #4
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Make tarballs consisting of everything under / .
When installing Slackware again, after the install, get your cd's/dvd's and untar everything in the appropriate places.

I've never tried this myself, but I see no reason why this would fail?
 
Old 06-08-2005, 02:36 PM   #5
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Make tarballs consisting of everything under / .
When installing Slackware again, after the install, get your cd's/dvd's and untar everything in the appropriate places.

I've never tried this myself, but I see no reason why this would fail?
So could I just make a targz file for every directory in the root folder? I think this would work, but I wonder if there are any apps that might do this (like even a live-cd)?
 
Old 06-08-2005, 02:52 PM   #6
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take a live cd mount your slack partition cd to the / of your slack partition

tar cjvpf /xxx/slackbackup.tar.bz2

xxx is where you want the bz2 file to go

you could do from within slack but you'd have to exclude /proc /mnt and /sys directory's

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Old 06-08-2005, 02:54 PM   #7
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Why would I have to exclude the /proc /mnt and /sys directories?
 
Old 06-08-2005, 03:51 PM   #8
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/proc /sys are virtual file systems. tar would descend into any mounted file systems is why we exclude /mnt
 
Old 06-08-2005, 03:59 PM   #9
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I tried bz2zipping all the folders other than those 3 but it ran out of hard drive space, even though my drive was less than half full!!
 
Old 06-08-2005, 04:11 PM   #10
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you dont have another partition with enough space to save the file to.
 
Old 06-08-2005, 04:15 PM   #11
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The only other partition I have is an NTFS partition, and linux CANNOT write to NTFS (as you're probably already aware). This is my predicament. What I can try to do is clean up my home dir to make it so the files are less than 4.3 GB, and then just burn the normal unzipped folders onto a dvd.
 
Old 06-08-2005, 07:52 PM   #12
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sure you could do this with tar - but based on your goal, it may just be easier to throw any valuable stuff into /home and burn that, or just burn media files, etc., then just do a full reinstall later. assuming you don't have a huge quantity of additional apps, the time difference probably wouldn't be much either way, but Patrick's already done all the work to assemble the packages

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Old 06-08-2005, 08:00 PM   #13
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Ok, I'll give that a try. Thanks a lot!
 
  


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