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Re: [SLE] What to backup? (was Re: [SLE] 8.1 up and running ....)
  • From: Derek Fountain <fountai@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Thu, 3 Oct 2002 12:50:45 +0100
  • Message-id: <200210031150.MAA29480@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
> 1. On a related topic, what advice would you all give a newbie about which
> files to backup before doing an update? I guess on my simple (single-user
> desktop) system, just going from 8.0 to 8.1 is not going to be a major
> problem.
> But in general, what should I back up? My /home directory obviously. The
> 8.1 Admin Guide (page 30) also suggest /etc (all of it?), and that I should
> 'review' files in /var/lib. Review how?

If you can't take a tape backup of the whole lot, the key would be avoiding
loosing anything which might not be recreated properly in the event of a
disasterous experience which results in needing a complete reinstall from
scratch. Copy /home, plus all of /etc, plus anything you might have changed
since 8.0 installed its defaults. (/etc/hosts files, security .allow files,
etc.). If you've got the capacity somewhere, copy all of /var.

Basically, if you youself, SuSE and Yast from 8.0 created or configured
something for your system, you should be able to install, create or configure
it again. Anything you might have trouble with or forget (ISP phone numbers
and passwords, or your exact Samba shares for example), you should at least
write down, if not take a copy of.

Disclaimers apply. I can't tell you what's important on your box. I did the
above for mine, and never had to test my backup plan.

> 2. I want to backup to CD, not just before upgrading, but on a regular
> basis. Any ideas on good programs for doing 'since saves' (i.e. save
> selected files which have changed since the last save)?

A great article on that sort of thing is here:

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