Backing up to DVDs
sam at couter.dropbear.id.au
Fri Nov 8 14:30:54 EST 2002
Damien Elmes <clug at repose.cx> wrote:
> ... or better yet, consider why you're backing up the entire system at all?
> Why not just save a listing of your available packages, and maybe /etc - plus
> any of your personal files in /home. There doesn't seem to be any reason for
> backing up binaries when you can just reinstall the packages automatically.
Systems invariably accumulate changes in places other than /etc over
time. The most significant data that I can think of that you've already
forgotten is in the /var partition.
What about the stuff you installed into /usr/local somewhere and forgot
about? Did you modify a script in /usr/bin? Install a custom version of
something into /usr/sbin?
If you have the space, it's far easier to backup and restore an entire
system than to boot from a CD with only some of the data you used to
have in the hopes that you can build the rest of the system from that.
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