Newbie question -- which files to back up?

Glenn Dawson glenn at
Sun Apr 16 16:00:38 UTC 2006

At 09:58 PM 2/22/2006, Andy Reitz wrote:
>Hi Oliver,
>At a minimum, you will probably want to back up the following directories:
>         /etc
>         /usr/local/etc
>         /home
>That will get all of the configuration files for FreeBSD and the 
>software thar you installed from ports.

Actually, no.  If you want to backup the software installed from 
ports you will typically need /usr/local.

The contents of /var/db would also be desirable so that you know 
which ports are installed on the machine among other things.


>  The last directory will det all of your user's data. Some other 
> applications might put data in other places, however, so you might 
> want to research the applications that you are running to make sure 
> you don't miss any important data.
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