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Old 08-25-2003, 05:55 PM   #1
aetengoku
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using tar on filesystem


Can "tar" be used on whole filesystems? If it can,
then how would i do it? i looked at the man pages but dont really
understand the syntax when using "tar -M" Anyhelp would be
appreciated and thank you in advance!
 
Old 08-25-2003, 06:09 PM   #2
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you mean like just tarring / ?
 
Old 08-25-2003, 06:12 PM   #3
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that is exactly what i mean! do i just have to
"tar -cvf / " or is it more complicated than that
 
Old 08-25-2003, 06:18 PM   #4
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If you have the space, AFAIK you can tar your whole filesystem. If you select your / partition, that will thus backup everything since everything is under "/"
 
Old 08-25-2003, 06:22 PM   #5
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if i defined a couple of different file systems
like /, /usr, /var. all i would need to do is "tar -cvf /" and that
would back up all the file systems (/usr , /var and whatever else
i have) thanks in advance
 
Old 08-25-2003, 06:37 PM   #6
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Yeah, say for example I have my html documents in /var/www and when I do a complete backup of my documents for my website, I can specify that directory, /var/www
 
Old 08-25-2003, 06:39 PM   #7
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thanks for the help
 
Old 08-25-2003, 10:00 PM   #8
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My preferred method is tar pcjf archive.tar.bz2 /

Preserves ownership flags as well as symlinks too
 
  


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