shrinking backup files

Raphaël Berbain raphael.berbain at
Thu Oct 6 17:17:52 UTC 2005

* Charles Malespin:

> Hi all, I recently did a tar cpf etc.tar /etc and tar cpf
> home.tar /home/usrname to make backups.  The .tar file I got for /home
> is huge, 8Gb, is there any way that I can shrink this so that I can burn
> it to a CD?  I dont have a DVD burner, so I would like to use these
> files to burn to CD to back up(unless there is an easier way or
> something I am not aware of)  Thanks, 

Looks like the 'cdbackup' package (available from the universe
repository) is what you are looking for.

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