On 28 Sep 2009 15:02, Giorgos Keramidas <keram...@ceid.upatras.gr> wrote:
On Mon, 28 Sep 2009 01:14:44 -0500, Chris rac...@makeworld.com> wrote:


> Greetings,

>

> Please suggest a cloning method comparable to Clonezilla.

>

> Preferably fast, no need to install a base OS, easy to clone and

> restore. Of course, the key is fast.

>

> Clonezilla does a nice job with OS's other than *BSD (It uses dd

> (iirc)) and that takes forever (at least when cloning - have not tried

> a restore).

>

> Some specs I'm using to compare: A typical restore/save currently with

> other OS's using CloneZ takes about 12 minutes with a simple boot from

> CD.

>

> The restored/imaged drive is 400 meg sata.



A dump & restore of a 400 MB system should be *very* fast. Copying

files from a read-only USB flash disk easily reaches speeds of more than

20 MB/sec on my laptop. This means that 400 MB of data should take

around 20 seconds to copy from an external USB disk.



If you can attach both disks at the same time, eg the source disk as

ad0 and the target disk as ad1, it should take less than 2-3 minutes to:



* Enter single user mode



* Partition and mount ad1 under /mnt



* Use dump(8) to save data from ad0 and restore(8) to copy them over

to ad1.



Even if you cannot attach both disks at the same time, but you can

access the source disk over the network, it should be possible to:



* Install the target disk on the target host (host2).



* Boot from a rescue image (CD-ROM, DVD-ROM or USB).



* Bring up a network interface to access the source host (host1).



* Partition the ad0 disk of the target host (host2). The standard

fdisk(8), bsdlabel(8) or gpart(8) utilities can do this.



* Tunnel dump over ssh:



host2# cd /

host2# ssh opera...@host1 'dump -0a -C32 -L -f - /' | restore -rf -


I might add that if network speed is an issue, it may be worth adding a gzip in there;

host2# ssh opera...@host1 'dump -0a -C32 -L -f - / | gzip' | gunzip | restore -rf -

Just be careful where you put the quotes! Dump is excellent, especially the -L flag for a live filesystem. I can't believe how few OSes don't have snapshot functionality; it's absolutely essential for me.

Chris
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