What is the best way to image copy a FreeBSD system?

Warren Block wblock at wonkity.com
Tue Feb 15 17:51:02 UTC 2011

On Tue, 15 Feb 2011, Jan Henrik Sylvester wrote:

> On 01/-10/-28163 20:59, Warren Block wrote:
>> On Tue, 15 Feb 2011, Xn Nooby wrote:
>>> On Linux I use clonezilla, which understands the EXT3 filesystem, and
>>> it can skip unused space (I'm using about 3GB out of 1TB).
>>> On FreeBSD, I have to fill the 1TB drive with zero-filled files, then
>>> delete them, on each partiton, since CloneZilla uses DD+gzip on the
>>> entire drive.
>> Some of the development versions of Clonezilla do understand UFS. It's
>> been a few months since I looked at this, and I need to go back and
>> figure out exactly which.
> I tried a version of Clonezilla that understood ufs and it was really fast 
> copying a slice: It did not understand disklabels and copied only the a 
> partition pretending that it did the entire slice.
> Did you try to copy a slice with multiple partitions?

AFAIR, yes, and a restore seemed okay afterwards.  But again, that was 
months ago, and details have already become fuzzy.

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