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Old 03-26-2007, 02:42 PM   #1
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Copy system


I got a Linux Gentoo Desktop computer. And I want to copy every single file, every program, everything to my laptop computer that also uses Gentoo. So I get all the programs and settings on both of the computers.

Is that possible?
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In principle, this is possible. The easy way is to clone the drive (or partition). This works as long as the target is at least as big as the source. If your "/" partition (or the sum of all your Linux partitions) is bigger than will fit on the laptop, then cloning will not work.

If you can't clone, then I would simply bite the bullet and install the SW on the laptop.

You can of course copy individual configuration files. Even this--for some things--could be fragile---especially any config file that has hardware or driver info in it.
Old 03-26-2007, 04:31 PM   #3
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When we are up to the subject! Is there any way to make a full system backup?
Old 03-27-2007, 12:49 AM   #4
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Yes, there is approximately "infinite" ways of doing a full system backup, but I personally don't have enough time in my life to list and teach all of them. We all have are certain preferences, you should Google that question and you'll find yourself reading till death. But eventually you'll find a method that attracts your attention. Use keywords like "Full system backup for Linux", or "Full system backup with open source products", or " Full system backup the easy way", etc.
Old 03-27-2007, 09:47 AM   #5
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I did get some recommendations about backuppc. But I having some problems emergeing it...

emerge backuppc
Calculating dependencies |
!!! All ebuilds that could satisfy "backuppc" have been masked.
!!! One of the following masked packages is required to complete your request:
- app-backup/backuppc-2.1.2-r1 (masked by: ~x86 keyword)

I googled to see if I could find the solution to this problem and I found this page.

There it says, I shall edit my /etc/portage/package.keywords and add


But the problem is I havenīt got package.keywords.
Is there any other directory where I can find it?


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