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Old 01-05-2005, 05:32 AM   #1
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Backup of the system

Hi there...

I would like to backup my system, "just in case" something horrible happens (last time I got a corrupted /etc/fstab and wasn't able to solve the problem, but by re-installing the system), so I wanted to do something like:

# tar --create --file=/sysbackup /*
However, I'm pretty sure this will backup things I do not want to (/proc, for instance), so I think I should run something like:

# tar --create --file=/sysbackup.tar --exclude=/proc/* --exclude /sysbackup.tar /*
So the questions for you guys: Which other directories shouldn't I backup? Is it important/useful/recommended to use --dereference also?

Thank you in advance!
Old 01-05-2005, 06:32 AM   #2
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Maybe this helps?
Old 01-05-2005, 07:08 AM   #3
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Yes. Thank you...

But, what about devices? Have I to backup them?


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