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Old 03-12-2008, 02:26 PM   #1
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Using genisoimage to make an iso of a live system ?

Hello folks !
I have a linux installed on /dev/hda2 with total size of roughly 660Mb. Could I make an iso image of the linux while it is "live" using the genisoimage command ?
root:$ genisoimage -r -o /mnt/hda5/linux.iso /
What I essentially want to do is to make the iso on a separate partition of my HD for safe keeping and for burning onto a CD at a later date. Once the iso is burnt onto CD what would happen to all the permissions of the files and directories ? Are the permissions on the files retained so allowing for future restoration of /dev/hda2 if the latter were to become corrupted or crash ?

Thanks again !


Last edited by uncle-c; 03-13-2008 at 06:53 AM. Reason: corrected code
Old 03-13-2008, 10:44 AM   #2
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If you do that, genisoimage will pick files you don't want in virtual file systems, like /proc and /dev perhaps. Moreover, /mnt/hda5/linux.iso is also located under /
It means you put linux.iso in linux.iso. It will not work.
(unless of course genisoimage is clever enough, but I doubt it).
It's not the right way to do it IMO.
Use partimage instead and burn the image.


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