Backup using dump and restore from dvd - restore cd loaded to ram ?drive?

Lowell Gilbert freebsd-questions-local at
Wed Feb 21 15:40:50 UTC 2007

Milan Knizek <knizek at> writes:

> On Monday 19 February 2007 16:29, Oliver Fromme wrote:
>> knizek at wrote:
>> A simpler solution for your restore problem would be
>> to simply use a standard FreeBSD installation CD,
>> then make a minimal installation on your hard disk
>> so you have all the tools that you need, then restore
>> your actual backups.
> How does restore behave when restoring to a live root file system (despite the 
> recommended split of /, swap, /usr, ... I am using a single partition of 
> freebsd slice for the complete system + swap + encrypted partition for some 
> data + different hdd for photos)?
> I want to be sure that the restored system is exactly the same as on backup, 
> that is to preferrably use -r option.

For that case, I would follow the same advice from Oliver Fromme,
except that instead of booting to a minimal installation on the hard
disk, booting the fixit disk (to get the tools without having the hard
disk mounted at all).

Lowell Gilbert, embedded/networking software engineer, Boston area

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