JP Vossen on 14 Jun 2008 11:13:46 -0700

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

On Sat, Jun 14, 2008 at 10:49 AM, Morgan Jones <> 
>> 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.

I'm not familiar with 'flarcreate' (nice play on words though), but 
based on your description, these might interest you:

G4L - Ghost for Linux
g4u - Ghost for Unix: Harddisk Image Cloning for PCs
Clonezilla, the opensource clone system (ext2/3, LVM2, FAT, NTFS and more)
Similar to GHOST Software, has a low-end free edition
Partition Imager (Open Source) for Linux, some NTFS
System Imager (Open Source) for Linux
Cloning machines with dd and nc
Copy entire hard drives
FAI (Fully Automatic Installation) for Debian

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