How wold you bacl up LFS?

Jeremy Utley jeremy at
Sun Dec 26 03:10:41 PST 2004

charlie wrote:

> Hi everyone,
> Supose you have lots of computers exactly the same.
> First, you take one of them and install LFS, let's say on one sole 
> partition /dev/hda.
> If i want to dplicate it, what would you recommend:
> 1) tarballing /
> 2) dd the /dev/hda partition and make a ghost of it.
> i don't know if 1) works fine, as i'm not sure of how tar backups 
> symlinks, nodes and others no standard files.
> 2) sounds great, however i feel a bit concerned about disk space and 
> ghosting an entire partition wastes a lot of space, since a basic LFS 
> system is quite small. In addition, all my partitions on all the 
> computers have to be the same size, and i can't change the fstype, am 
> i wrong?
> So, if you have hints on this, thanx for your advice.
> regards

Tar will work just fine, in fact I use this regularly to transfer a LFS 
built on my 2500 machine over to my 400MHz.

Simply do:

cd /mnt/lfs && tar cjvfp lfs.tar.bz2 .

Then move the tarball to your other machine and do:
tar jxvfp lfs.tar.bz2

set up the bootloader, and any other needed steps, and you're fine!


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