How wold you bacl up LFS?

Markus Mahlberg markus.mahlberg at
Fri Dec 31 03:10:02 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?

Ghost should compress the files.

A suggesstion would be partimage.
Usually I use Knoppix to create the image.
Then I use a bootable CD, basically with busybox and statically linked
partimage, to  put the image on several computers. Works fine, fast
and reliable.


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