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Old 03-11-2005, 05:16 PM   #1
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best system backup procedure


Now that I have fc3 installed and working the way I want, I would like to take regular backups of the system.

I have a cd/dvd burner (although i am having problems with it), to create backup media.

I have plenty of space on several partitions to use as temporary backup space if necessary.

I just need to know is tar / zftree, or some other utility the best one to use and is there a reccomended set of partitions/directories to backup regularly outside of the obvious /home directories?
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The 'best' backup utility is the one that does what you want it to do, the way you want it done.
Tar will make multi-disk backups (but you may need to write a script to tell it what to do when it reaches the end of a disk). Tar backups, especially if compressed, are one large file. If one file is corrupted, you may not be able to access the rest of the backup.
There are other open-source options as well as commercial.
I prefer DAR because I can get backups done the way I want. Dar is a set of bash scripts; easy to set up if you read the README carefully (it also serves as a tutorial).
Back up the directories most likely to change frequently, or which contain configuration information. /home, of course, but also /etc (unless you really want to go through all the configs of your apps again if you have to re-install). Perhaps also /var (leave out some of the logs unless you need to save them), and any apps you installed from some source other than install disks.


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