question about backups

Kenneth P. Turvey kt-usenet at squeakydolphin.com
Mon Oct 10 02:26:05 UTC 2005


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On Mon, 10 Oct 2005 10:26:45 +1000, James Gray wrote:

> On Monday 10 October 2005 07:52, Gregory Piñero wrote:
>> These are all good ideas. I'm personally using the tar method, but I 
>> can't figure out a good way to test that my tar file will actually 
>> work when the time comes ...
>>
>> Is there any safe way to do that?
> 
> According to "man tar" the "-W" option will attempt to verify the 
> integrity of an archive.

There is also the --compare option.  I've used this.  It will let you 
know of any differences between your backup and your current system.  
What it won't tell you about are files that are simply missing in your 
archive.  

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