Backing up freebsd to 1 file?

Jan Hlodan jan.hlodan at
Sun Apr 18 14:45:57 UTC 2010

you can migrate to zfs and then create snapshot of whole disk, import
this snapshot (e.g. via ssh) and then restore it back.
Good luck.

Jan Hlodan

On Sun, Apr 18, 2010 at 3:23 PM, J.D. Bronson <jd_bronson at> wrote:
> I have a freebsd 8.0 install and was wondering if it is possible to tar up
> the entire install...for backup purposes.
> # cd /
> # tar -cvf backup.tar {list of directories}
> then I can ftp the tar file out to another machine.
> This works in theory, but if I need to do a restore tar complains
> on 'tar -xpf backup.tar'.
> Under OpenBSD, this works as expected. It has given me an easy way
> to backup/move/restore or anything I want to do w/o complaining.
> I am running Freebsd on a machine that has no other drives/tapes or anything
> so my options for backup are limited.
> All I am trying to do is get a complete image (or snapshot) of my entire
> install on this machine and then if I needed to reload or reinstall, I could
> do a bare bones freebsd install, copy over the tar'd up file and extract it
> from within / and then reboot an I would be go to go.
> Thoughts on this would be appreciated...
> --
> J.D. Bronson
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