Complete backup of Linux install

Chris Carey chris.carey at
Mon Nov 21 13:24:29 MST 2005

On 11/21/05, Michael Torrie <torriem at> wrote:
> One way to back up such a small amount of data would to make a 4 GB
> ext3-formated file image, then loopback mount it and rsync your entire
> disk to the image.  Then burn the image directly to a DVD.  When you
> want to restore, format the drive with the partition structure you want
> and then mount the DVD and copy the entire contents to the new disk.
> Then you have to make sure fstab is correct and just reinstall grub.
> Reinstalling grub is usually a matter of booting knoppix, chrooting to
> your disk and running "grub-install."

Someone once sent me this rsync command for backups. It should
maintain symlinks, permissions, ownership, all that good stuff. If
anyone else has a better one please advise.

rsync --ruvlpHS <source> <dest>

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