[Novalug] Re: backups / what to save when changing distros
Roger W. Broseus
rogerb at bronord.com
Thu Sep 20 12:49:03 EDT 2007
> 10. best way to back up a home partition. (Bonnie Dalzell)
Greg mentioned rsync - this seems to be the application of choice for a
lot of backup / copy tasks. I'm trying a graphical interface / front-end
for it under Ubuntu: "Grsync" as a cheap / quick way to get to where I'm
going (I've been too lazy to compile a list of directories, subdirs,
subsubdirs, etc., and to put them into a script.
Grsync is neat because one can sync in two directions by switching the
source / destination with one click. Best of all, you can save setups
for later use.
As regards the question that motivated your query: when I change distros
/ versions, I usually like to re-install. I don't save all of /home
(which happens to be on a separate partition). I just pick "data" / word
processing files and those "dot" folders that have key info in them
that is not likely to be problematic as regards incompatible config
files, e.g., .mozilla folders that have email, book marks, etc. (In
fact, these get backed-up to another HD periodically (but not enuf!)).
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