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copy root to new device

Terminal - copy root to new device
rsync -aHux --exclude=/proc/* --exclude=/sys/* /* /mnt/target/
2011-08-22 14:26:56
Functions: rsync
0
copy root to new device

cloning root filesystem without suffering to possible interruptions. useful when moving a running system to a new partition. also works as a solid backup solution.

Alternatives

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Terminal - Alternatives
mount /dev/root /mnt/root; rsync -avHX /mnt/root/ /mnt/target/
2011-08-24 14:29:17
User: jharr
Functions: mount rsync
1

Clone a root partition. The reason for double-mounting the root device is to avoid any filesystem overlay issues. This is particularly important for /dev.

Also, note the importance of the trailing slashes on the paths when using rsync (search the man page for "slash" for more details). rsync and bash add several subtle nuances to path handling; using trailing slashes will effectively mean "clone this directory", even when run multiple times. For example: run once to get an initial copy, and then run again in single user mode just before rebooting into the new disk.

Using file globs (which miss dot-files) or leaving off the trailing slash with rsync (which will create /mnt/target/root) are traps that are easy to fall into.

cp -dpRx /* /mnt/target/
2011-08-22 14:22:01
Functions: cp
-1

preserve all except context and xattr. useful when moving a running system to a new partition.

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What others think

Consider excluding /dev, too!

Comment by andreasS 169 weeks and 4 days ago

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