Originally Posted by billamn
Say the total size to tar and split is 1Gig, then there would be 10x 100Mb files. Is it possible for tar to prompt me with a Continue(y/n) before each 100MB file is to be created? I'm afraid to overrun the hard disk if it is small or almost full.
gives you its manual page, you can look up the options there. As for filling the harddrive...
you're backing up the whole of /, so how big is that? you then need a partition (you can use / since you'll be copying the files first right?)/other drive/something else that is big enough
will show what you need. As long as wherever your creating the tars shows more FREE space than the / then it's ok...