Backing up to DVDs

Sam Couter sam at
Fri Nov 8 14:30:54 EST 2002

Damien Elmes <clug at> 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.
Sam "Eddie" Couter  |  mailto:sam at
Debian Developer    |  mailto:eddie at
                    |  jabber:sam at
OpenPGP fingerprint:  A46B 9BB5 3148 7BEA 1F05  5BD5 8530 03AE DE89 C75C
-------------- next part --------------
A non-text attachment was scrubbed...
Name: not available
Type: application/pgp-signature
Size: 189 bytes
Desc: not available
Url :

More information about the linux mailing list