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Old 05-05-2006, 02:37 PM   #1
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What should I back up?


Essentially it has taken me a long time since I installed my system a couple of days ago to get where it is. I want to reinstall (I screwed up the MBR of the boot disk and now can't get into). But I do not want to go through the process of downloading all the updates again (close to 700MB). I would like to save the state of the system as it is, install FC4 and rewrite the old system state over the installed system. Is this even possible?
 
Old 05-05-2006, 02:51 PM   #2
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To fix an MBR ???.
Huh ???.

From your post, seems you can read the partition table, so what you're really having trouble with is the (boot)loader code portion of the MBR.
True ?.
If so, merely recover that. I believe if you boot the first FC5 CD, you should be able to get into a recovery mode where this will be an option.
I've never used any FC?, but seems to get mentioned a lot. Hopefully some-one else will describe it fully.

As for yourquestion, I only ever backup my data. If a machine is "totalled", I rebuild the O/S side of things from scratch - not much help to you in your current quest, I'm afraid
 
Old 05-05-2006, 03:11 PM   #3
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"What should I backup?"

Anything you can't restore from installation cd/dvd. Such as: /home, /etc configs, /root (especially if you've written scripts to help you do your system maintenance), any downloads not part or your distros installation media (I save copies - just d/l latest version before re-install), maybe /boot (especially your bootloader config), things like that.

If you are a glutton for punishment, don't backup anything. Then try to rebuild your system.
 
Old 05-05-2006, 03:38 PM   #4
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syg00: my frustration has reached untold levels. At least now I get grub to load at boot up. But still something missing in terms of actually getting the system to boot.

Anyway what I really want to save are all the rpms I've downloaded with yum and to have the freshly installed system use them when I do an update instead of downloading them again.
 
Old 05-05-2006, 05:29 PM   #5
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Yes, it does look like you've been having fun ...
RPMs are just data - save them off as well. Simply using rpm to (re-)apply them should be sufficient for yum to recognise they are there I would think.
However, the last time I used an rpm based system was RH9, and yum certainly wasn't an option - or if it was I never knew about it - so take this advice for what it's worth.
 
  


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