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On Tuesday 08 September 2009, David Fletcher wrote:
> On Tuesday 08 September 2009 12:30:56 Jonas Norlander wrote:
> > On Tue, Sep 8, 2009 at 12:51 PM, David Fletcher<dave at thefletchers.net>
> > > Now, the reason for keeping the copy of /etc/?
> > >
> > > Amongst other things, it contains the login IDs and passwords for all
> > > your users!
> > One thing to point out is that your "backup" of /etc is just a copy
> > and if you by accident deleted /etc/passwd and your script is run it
> > will delete passwd from your copy to. I would tar up /etc the same way
> > as you do with your home folder. With that you several copies of /etc
> > if something goes wrong and you don't notice it first after several
> > days.
> > / Jonas
> Thanks for taking the trouble to read my posts and comment.
> I see your point, and yes it is always a danger with rsync --delete, but if
> backups are taken with reasonable regularity, all the content of /etc/ will
> be preserved in a previous backup (the name of which incorporates the date
> and time to prevent accidental over writing).
For such small backups as /etc, just tar bzip2 them.
rsync is serious trouble for most people when run on live data/configs.
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