Using FreeBSD to migrate Windows XP?

John john at
Tue Feb 8 09:04:02 PST 2005

On Tue, Feb 08, 2005 at 11:23:12AM -0500, Lowell Gilbert wrote:
> John <john at> writes:
> > Dump cannot work on anthing other than UFS filesystems.  Dump
> > actually separately interprets the filesystem structure.  Consider, for
> > example, that dump works perfectly well on unmounted filesystems.
> > Dump is DRAMATICALLY different in its operation than tar, cpio, etc.
> > Since tar and others use the filesystem code, they don't care
> > what the underlying structure might be, BUT, they are also incapable
> > of collecting "foreign" information like SIDs and ACLs.
> This is one of the advantages of the new "BSD tar" (which is the
> standard tar on FreeBSD 5.3); it can pick up some of the extended
> attributes.  

True, but I think it is still a LONG WAYS from being able to back
up and restore an NT Filesystem.  We don't really write to NT
filesystems at all, in the general case.

John Lind
john at starfire.MN.ORG

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