Casey Bralla on 14 Jun 2008 08:03:14 -0700

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Re: [PLUG] utility to image a linux host?

I was literally opening my eMail client to post a very similar request.   

I've got Gentoo pretty well where I like it, but it's a booger to get it to 
here.  (Also takes a long time).  I'd like to create a ISO image of my hard 
drive so that if I ever want to go back to this stage, I just boot to the 
DVD, and presto, it's there.

How do you do this with dd?

On Saturday 14 June 2008 10:49:13 am Morgan Jones wrote:
> I was talking to a coworker recently about 'flarcreate,' a solaris
> utillity that creates an image of a system that can be used to re-create
> a system either manually or via Jumpstart.  It's very handy for
> re-creating production environments in test or taking an ad-hoc backup,
> say, before an upgrade.
> Does such a utility exist for Linux (RHEL/Debian/Ubuntu)?  I know it can
> be done with dd but I'm looking for error checking and some awareness of
> the filesystem.  In particular, flarcreate will not backup empty space
> and can be told to exclude paths.
> thanks,
> -morgan
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