restoring system

Tony Abernethy tony at
Sun Apr 24 12:22:04 MDT 2011

Until you get responses from people who actually know what they are talking about.
?1 what is the file system on the usb drive. Fat32 cannot preserve owner/group or their permissions.
?2 preserving hard links end-to-end
a3 rsync will use whatever targets are currently existing and their underlying file systems.

-----Original Message-----
From: rsync-bounces at [mailto:rsync-bounces at] On Behalf Of Robert Holtzman
Sent: Sunday, April 24, 2011 12:51 PM
To: rsync at
Subject: restoring system

I have restored my home directory in the past using rsync but never the
entire system. If I rsync / (on my usb drive containing the backup) to /
on the computer with a fresh install of the OS, what problems will I run
into? What about links? I am presently triple booting 3 linux distros and 
want to delete one to install something else. The distro I'm installing
will be on 3 partitions (/, /boot, and /home). Will what I'm proposing
populate the directories in these partitions or will it dump everything
into /?

I realize that I probably be better off creating a snapshot and
restoring from that but I have never had good luck with MondoRescue or

Thought I'd better ask now before I stuck my foot in it.

Bob Holtzman
Key ID: 8D549279
"If you think you're getting free lunch,
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