How to backup the users

Manolis Kiagias sonicy at
Sun Jan 27 08:37:40 PST 2008

Wojciech Puchar wrote:
>> Hello,
>> I am running a small FreeBSD server and I have a a couple of users
>> ssh'ing to it. I want to wipe the server out and reinstall FreeBSD on
>> it, but I want to preserve the users' credentials. Can you please
>> advise me how to back them up?
> /home/*
> /etc/master.passwd
> /var/cron/tabs/*
> /var/mail/*
> possibly other files.
> but format+reinstall is when you have windows, with unix there is no 
> need to.
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You might as well save the whole /etc, you will probably need other conf 
files and surely you would like to have /etc/passwd and /etc/group
In fact, I would also backup the whole /usr/local/etc to get all the 
configuration settings for my services and so on.

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