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Old 05-16-2007, 01:13 AM   #1
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K. Finally figured out Etch

Is it possible to effectively back up and burn an image of the perfect OS I just installed so I may reinstall it in the event I, or someone else, wreck it in the state it is currently in? I performed all the updates. All the software is installed. It is good
Old 05-16-2007, 03:28 AM   #2
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Yes, sort of. MondoRescue, amongst (many) other options exist. For me, when I just need a quick and dirty "backup" I will boot with a LiveCD (choose your favorite flavor, I usually use either the Gentoo minimal or Knoppix) and then just do a simple mount and tar:
mount /dev/hda1 /mnt/hda1
mount /dev/hdb1 /mnt/backup
tar cvzf /mnt/backup/backup.tar.gz /mnt/hda1/

OR, the cool way (which I am doing from memory so it might be slightly... obfuscated):
mount /dev/hda1 /mnt/hda1
cd /mnt/hda1
mkisofs -JR . | cdrecord dev=/dev/hdc speed=50 -v -eject -

However, this option assumes the DVD or CD media has enough space. To find out how much space you need login and type:
df -h
And that will give you an idea.

Old 05-16-2007, 04:18 AM   #3
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Hey, to use mkisofs what package(s) do you need? "burn" That's about all I can see in the Debian repositories which might work, unless I'm a bit off track.


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