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Old 09-17-2017, 08:53 AM   #1
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Cloning OS disk


Hi

I've the same question as in this thread https://www.linuxquestions.org/quest...9/#post3505787

How to find all the files to edit in order to be able to run a clone of an existing OS on the same machine assuming we keep the original OS without any changes in it ?

mrrangerman didn't answered this question but an other one...

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Old 09-17-2017, 09:48 AM   #2
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Hi

I've the same question :

How to find all the files to edit in order to be able to run a clone of an existing OS on the same machine assuming we keep the original OS without any changes in it ?

mrrangerman didn't answered this question but an other one...
This thread is at least SEVEN YEARS old, you should start your own thread for your own question, as this can confuse the original question/answer.

Post reported.

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Old 09-17-2017, 10:38 AM   #3
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Ok !

... but the primary Q? never been answered and this can confuse me and others looking for answer.

In a "newbie" forum
it would be even better delete this no-use thread dealing with dd command
the well known as Data Destroyer
 
Old 09-17-2017, 10:41 AM   #4
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@jsbjsb001

Ok !

... but the primary Q? never been answered and this can confuse me and others looking for answer.

In a "newbie" forum
it would be even better delete this no-use thread dealing with dd command
the well known as Data Destroyer
This has already been reported, if you want help, start a NEW thread.
 
Old 09-18-2017, 07:12 AM   #5
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The simple answer is do not use the OS on the disk to clone it.
Boot from a stand-alone OS on a different drive.
 
Old 09-18-2017, 07:46 AM   #6
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@dezix in the future, it is best to consider a very old thread like this as a reference and include a link to this thread into a new question.

Old threads are old threads, LQ never deletes them.

If you wish to question LQ's policies on handling of very old threads, then suggest you use the Contact Us link here or at the bottom of every LQ form.

Your continued replies in this thread are probably best served to clarify and help solve your question versus insulting the dd command.

None of: The original question, The first follow up, nor your added new question are very clear.

They seem to say, "I want to make an exact clone, but I want it to be unique. What files do I edit?"

These do not cover any more details about what exact result you wish to attain. There are no files to edit.

Step 1:
Make a clone of your existing OS. This is what mrrangerman has answered, and answered very well.
Are there any further questions as to how to do this step?

Result:
You now have two identical copies of your OS.

If you wish to make the new copy unique in some manner, then:

Step 2:
Boot the clone and edit whichever files you wish to, and now once you've done this, you have a new, unique copy of your original OS, however changed to suit whatever needs you feel make sense, such as host name or other relevant information.

As far as what files to edit, there is no fixed list and it is solely up to the user's choice.

If you modify settings, relevant files should be updated automatically.

For instance if you change the host name, you can do that using the hostname command. This will edit the appropriate system files.

The original poster mentioned editing the fstab. Editing fstab is somewhat a normal thing for a person to do, but only if they choose to do so.

When someone has made an exact duplicate of an OS, the system files will be a duplicate from the original disk.

The question therefore would be what differences the OP or you, dezix, are envisioning to make with your new copy?

Only knowing what customized changes you wish to make, can people advise what next steps to take. And once again, this applies only after you have made your copy of the OS.
 
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Old 09-18-2017, 03:22 PM   #7
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Lets get to the simple part of this question.

A clone is an identical copy.
You can copy by one of two ways.
Either a bit by bit copy of the entire drive or
you can copy file by file.
There are maybe 20 or more common ways to do either of those.


To replicate a system is a different matter. There have been some ways to catalogue the unique files and versions and match them to a new install. If that is what you mean then we might be able to figure that out for you.
 
  


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