DanB wrote:If I tar my files on freebsd box then FTP them to a window 98 box can
I use that file to reinstall on a new Freebsd box?
You're a little vague ...
But as long as you do the FTP transfer in binary mode you'll be able to unpack the tar archive again. If you properly tarred up everything you need, you should be able to restore the system. "reinstalling" is a slightly different matter, as you'll have to first create the proper partitions, newfs the filesystems and install boot blocks.
I find it easier to do a new system install on the new computer first to get everything set that tar doesn't handle and then untar the backup on top of it. That way the system will always boot properly.
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