What to backup

Scott Gerhardt scott at g-it.ca
Wed Sep 15 15:23:30 PDT 2004

On Sep 15, 2004, at 1:08 PM, Louis LeBlanc wrote:

> On 09/15/04 11:19 AM, Curtis Vaughan sat at the `puter and typed:
>> I have a question about what exactly I should backup on my 5.3 FreeBSD
>> Server. So far I have chosen the following directories for full 
>> backup.
>>   But perhaps some is overkill.
>> /etc
>> /boot
>> /home
>> /var/log
>> /usr/ports
>> /root
>> /usr/local
>> /usr/src
> As mentioned by other posters, you can probably omit /usr/local,
> /usr/ports, and /usr/src, but of course you may want to include any
> directories you make code changes in, particularly if you have a habit
> of hacking the kernel.  I also make a point of saving any custom kernel
> configs in /root/kernels, and softlinking them to 
> /usr/src/sys/i386/conf/
> so that when /root is backed up, the kernel config is too.
> I still haven't found a reliable way to save my fvwm2 patch in the 
> ports
> directory (I changed the screen wraparound behavior) so I just keep 
> that
> one in my home directory.  That's pretty much the only port I've 
> hacked,
> so it works for now.
> You might also want to back up /usr/local/etc if you skip /usr/local.
> Many important ports will use this area for configs, and you won't want
> to lose the weeks or months you spend tweaking these out either.
> Good luck
> Lou
> -- 
> Louis LeBlanc               FreeBSD at keyslapper.org
> Fully Funded Hobbyist, KeySlapper Extrordinaire :)
> http://www.keyslapper.org                     Ô¿Ô¬

You might want to make sure to get /usr/local/etc/ which includes all 
the local configs and periodic scripts.


Scott A. Gerhardt, P.Geo.
Gerhardt Information Technologies

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