The best way that I've found to back my machine's configs up, is to create a directory 
such as /etc/config , *move* all my important configuration files to it (firewall, 
syslogd, rc.conf etc - basically anything i'd want to keep for a new machine), and 
then symlink them to their proper locations.

That way, if it comes time for a backup, all you do is tar and zip that one 
/etc/config directory, and move it somewhere safe. No need to remember every single 
configuration file that you've ever modified, and you also don't risk messing the 
system up by extracting the entire /etc directory over a fresh install.

Because its so simple too, you're more likely to do more regular backups :)

Hope that helps, it's saved my ass many times.


Brett Harris

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