Thanks, The problem is I don't have a LifeBoat CD to boot my linux box. And my backup is performed on DDS tapes. I just wanted to know how I can make a LIFEBOAT CD and include tar so I can restore my backup tape. What is the procedure to create a LifeBoat CD so I can at least boot up linux and use the tar utility to restore. "
To create a LifeBoat CD you download the LifeBoat script from the web site and untar it. Then you configure the script for your system and run it. The LifeBoat script will burn a bootable CD.
"What about lilo?"
LifeBoat uses isolinux for a bootloader, not lilo. You don't have to do anything to the LifeBoat isolinux. You do not have to do anything to your system lilo.
"Please tell me what you would do if you lost (lets say) the boot partition and were unable to boot the system. You have a full system backup but you can't use it because you don't have access to tar."
Once a week I make tar backups of my system. It takes 3 CD-RWs. So to restore /boot I would boot my LifeBoat CD and then remove the CD. The entire LifeBoat system is then resident in memory, including tar. At that point I would be running on a memory resident Linux system that depends on absolutely nothing from your hard drive based Linux system. I would mount my first backup CD-RW on my CD-RW drive. I would then mount the /boot partition. I would then untar the /boot tar backup file from the CD-RW into the mountpoint directory for the /boot partition. umount the CD, umount the /boot partition, remove the backup CD-RW and issue:
shutdown -r now
to reboot my system.
Be prepared. Create a LifeBoat CD.