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Re: [opensuse] Reliable way to backup hard drive before clean install
On 10/04/2016 07:58 AM, Carlos E. R. wrote:
Yes, I have to test it. If I recall correctly it was not proven

To be perfectly pedantic about it, you can not prove any archive method
It can only be proven un-reliable, and only then if the underlying storage
media is reliable. Which
does not happen in this world.

But lets get real here.
The topic is Backup a hard drive before clean install.

So you use tar.gz and then compare or run some tests for readability.
Then you carry on with your install and restore.

Your media or your tar.gz is not likely to go bad in the 90 minutes it
takes to re-install.

Entire distros use tar.gz as package managers. The whole linux industry runs
away from unreliability toward safety, yet you just don't hear anyone howling
about tar.zs files. Where are the articles demanding everybody avoid them?
How come they aren't deprecated loudly in the press and in distributions?

Instead we run headlong into things like BTRFS (100% failure rate for me) and
systemd and kde4 (years before it was useable) and other unproven crapware
with glee while taunting the stragglers as if they were holocaust deniers.

Then you turn around and suggest tar.gz will bit-rot inside of 90 minutes?

Come on Carlos.

After all is said and done, more is said than done.

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