On Mon, May 28, 2007 at 10:38:41AM -0500, Jeffrey Goldberg wrote: > > Note you do not back up the swap partition which is normally 'b' > > and don't do anything to the 'c' partition which is there only to > > describe the slice to the system and is not a true partition. > > You can probably skip backing up your /tmp also. > > What about /dev and /var?
I'd backup /var, because it's usually small. And it also contains important things like your port options, and the database of installed packages. Don't bother with /dev though, because devices are dynamically created when they become available. > I also feel that I should have put /usr/ports/distfiles on another file > system, since I don't particularly care to back up those either. I guess I > could just put in a symbolic link to something on /var It depends on how you back up things, but both dump(8) BSD tar(1) can obey the 'nodump' flag. So if you do 'chflags nodump /usr/ports/distfiles', dump will skip that directory (unless you're doing a level 0 dump, in which case you'll need the '-h 0' option). BSD tar will skip files and directories flagged with nodump if you give it the --nodump option. Roland -- R.F.Smith http://www.xs4all.nl/~rsmith/ [plain text _non-HTML_ PGP/GnuPG encrypted/signed email much appreciated] pgp: 1A2B 477F 9970 BA3C 2914 B7CE 1277 EFB0 C321 A725 (KeyID: C321A725)
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