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Old 07-07-2009, 04:40 PM   #1
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How to preserve a copy of system-level configuration files

How can I preserve a copy of all of the system-level configuration files that end with “.conf”. (Note that these files may be found in many directories, not just in /etc.) Use the tar utility to bundle these files into one file in the /backup/system.config/ directory (or another directory of your choice), and compress the resulting file with the bzip2 compression utility.

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Old 07-07-2009, 05:18 PM   #2
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Something like this would probably work:

 find / -name \*.conf -exec tar -r --file=configdir1.tar '{}' \;
 bzip2 configdir1.tar
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Except of course, not all configs do end in .conf!
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I agree with billymayday - there is absolute no guarantee that all necessary configuration files will end in .conf, and as a matter of fact some services depend on more than a single settings file, where some might have different extension names. It would make more sense to locate the relevant directory and do a complete backup. System-level configuration files usually reside in /etc, though the definition of system-level is a bit broad - httpd is system-level, but not strictly necessary to provide a bootable system.


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