system cloning

Sarath ER sarath at
Fri Jun 10 19:48:09 GMT 2005

This is how I do it on linux.. Correct me if I am wrong.

rsync -vrplogDtH /*  /new
chroot and edit the fstab etc
I do not know how to fix the bootrecord in freebsd, please find howto.
boot from the array

lets hope this helps.

- Sarath
Tony Shadwick wrote:

> Here's my scenario:
> I have a system that we are running in production that there was an 
> oversight on, and it has a single hard drive installed (32GB SCSI I 
> believe), rather than a 3 drive raid5 array.  We would like to correct 
> this, but we have all sorts of up-to-date packages and config files 
> that we've tweaked that we would hate to just start over on it.
> There's a tool for OSX called "Carbon Copy Cloner" that would take 
> care of this for me, which is basically a series of copy commands that 
> takes the filesystem from one drive to another, preserving EVERYTHING 
> important, and then bless the boot volume.
> Is there anything similar I can do on FreeBSD?  My boss thinks I 
> should be able to tar up the entire filesystem, create the raid array, 
> and untar the whole thing on the new array.  I seem to think this will 
> fail due to block devices that have changed, fstab entries that have 
> changed (though this is correctable), and symlinks that don't nicely 
> come across.
> Thoughts?
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