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    Smile Backing up suggestions

    I mostly use Ubuntu based distros and one of the apps I love using is Systemback. This app allows me to create a bootable ISO of my current Ubuntu install. Is there something similar in Opensuse? I've heard of KIWI, Clonezilla and the dd command to make images from either a full drive or partition.

    What would you advise as a pretty straight forward way to backup my system so that I can install it on other machines. I see snapper in YAST but I think you have to have a btrfs system to use it. My drives are formatted using EXT4.

    Thanks for all of your help as I continue to explore my new Tumbleweed installation!!

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    Default Re: Backing up suggestions

    A pretty straight backup for a partition would be to boot a live CD like Ubuntu or Knoppix (or many others)
    and mount the origin Ext4 partition for openSUSE
    and mount some target storage device that has Ext4 on it
    and run a command like this (as root):
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    cp -auv /mount1/origin/.    /mount2/target
    It's super simple and has worked for me for ever.
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    Default Re: Backing up suggestions

    Thanks!! I can use my trusted puppy linux to do this. Is there a tool that will convert the backup to ISO?

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    Default Re: Backing up suggestions

    Quote Originally Posted by rmcellig View Post
    Thanks!! I can use my trusted puppy linux to do this. Is there a tool that will convert the backup to ISO?
    genisoimage is available in openSUSE. And likely also in Ubuntu. I don't know about puppy.

    This will do it I think, but I haven't actually tried it.

    Code:
    genisoimage -o xyzabc.iso   /path_to/directory
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