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    Default Yast System Backup Profile ??

    What needs to be included in a System Backup profile? What is the "Best Practice" recommendation?

    I am going to upgrade several computers to openSUSE 13.1 (from 12.1 and 12.2). I want to be able to go back if I need to.

    Cordially,
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    Default Re: Yast System Backup Profile ??

    On 2014-09-21 18:26, TwoHoot wrote:
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    > What needs to be included in a System Backup profile? What is the "Best
    > Practice" recommendation?
    >
    > I am going to _upgrade_ several computers to openSUSE 13.1 (from 12.1
    > and 12.2). I want to be able to go back if I need to.


    Then use clonezilla. Not joking...

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    Default Re: Yast System Backup Profile ??

    Quote Originally Posted by robin_listas View Post
    Then use clonezilla. Not joking...
    Thank you. Just a quick glance at clonezilla indicates I can restore the whole system or nothing. Is that correct?

    As part of the upgrade, I plan to archive old files that I may need someday but don't need now. In other words, I want to keep the the backup as an archive (files, pictures, emails, contacts, calendars etc) for future reference. Do you have any advice on the best way to accomplish that?

    Can I extract specific files (2012 tax records or a picture of an old friend for example) from clonezilla if I need them two years from now? Can I do that with System Backup?

    Again, thank you for the prompt and helpful reply.

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    Default Re: Yast System Backup Profile ??

    On 2014-09-22 04:06, TwoHoot wrote:
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    > robin_listas;2665636 Wrote:
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    >> Then use clonezilla. Not joking...
    >>

    >
    > Thank you. Just a quick glance at clonezilla indicates I can restore the
    > whole system or nothing. Is that correct?


    Yes... or at least, I don't know how to pick up files from the backup.
    The idea is to restore from full disaster, fast. Not archival.


    > As part of the upgrade, I plan to archive old files that I may need
    > someday but don't need now. In other words, I want to keep the the
    > backup as an archive (files, pictures, emails, contacts, calendars etc)
    > for future reference. Do you have any advice on the best way to
    > accomplish that?


    Ok, if you want to keep a backup of your files, and be able to access
    any of them later, then what I use instead is "rsync" to an external
    disk. Or a variant of it, there are several. Scripts that actually use
    rsync as the "engine". rsnapshot runs on that principle.


    This is a list I made years ago, of several backup programs:

    amanda
    dar
    rdiff-backup current copy is a mirror; older are rdifss.
    rsnapshot current copy is a mirror; older are hardlinks
    and new files.
    gadmin-rsync?
    http://www.dirvish.org/
    pdumpfs (http://0xcc.net/pdumpfs)
    duplicity
    duply
    Back-In-Time (http://backintime.le-web.org/)
    LuckyBackup
    deja-dup
    dropbox
    duplicity


    If your home partition is on xfs, then there are two specific programs
    that create backups very fast and compact on xfs. One is xfsdump, the
    other is xfs_copy - differences are important.



    > Can I extract specific files (2012 tax records or a picture of an old
    > friend for example) from clonezilla if I need them two years from now?


    With Clonezilla, I don't think so, or not easily.

    > Can I do that with System Backup?


    The YaST one? Urr.

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    Carlos E. R.
    (from 13.1 x86_64 "Bottle" at Telcontar)

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