copying a home directory onto a removable drive and back

Karl Larsen klarsen1 at
Wed Jul 28 19:39:58 UTC 2010

On 07/28/2010 08:49 AM, Adam Funk wrote:
> On 2010-07-28, Adam Funk wrote:
>> I want to copy my home directory onto a USB drive (formatted to ext3),
>> shuffle the partitions around on the computer, and copy my home
>> directory back (onto a new, blank partition).  I can think of four
>> ways to do it, although I'm not familiar with using the fourth:
>> cp -r
>> rsync
>> tar
>> cpio
>> Recommendations?
> I forgot to mention that one of my concerns is getting the file
> permissions and ownerships and any hard links right when I copy
> everything back.  (I doubt that I have any hard links, but you never
> know.)
             I think if you use cp -ar the a gets you all the links in 
files. Look at man cp and be sure.

73 Karl


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