Newbie question -- which files to back up?

Derek Ragona derek at
Tue Apr 18 13:54:56 UTC 2006

The short answer is to backup the files you want to save.  As a general 
rule, I suggest backing up:


The last one assumes you have some website(s).

If you are also worried about email, if you are using the standard 
sendmail, also backup:


I would suggest you create separate compressed tar volumes for your 
backups, then you can restore them individually if you need to.


At 02:53 AM 4/16/2006, Oliver Iberien wrote:
>I'm running FreeBSD 6.0 on a home machine and backing up to a DVD Burner,
>probably using kdar, the dar archiver that comes with KDE.
>My question is : which system files to back up, along with my personal stuff?
>I'm used to using linux distributions that do your system backups for you.
>The capacity of the DVDs sets a practical limit on what I can reasonably back
>up, so I need to pick and choose, basically to make recovery easier should
>everything go south. Thanks!
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