Simple complete system backup excluding files or directories

tar zcpf backup.tgz --exclude=/proc --exclude=backup.tgz /
You can exclude more system folders or individual files which are not necessary for the backup and can be recreated after the restore procedure, like /lost+found, /mnt, /media, /tmp, /usr ... Restoring the above backup procedure is as simple as becoming root and typing: tar zxpf backup.tgz -C / You can extract any file or directory out of the backup.tgz file for recovery, for instance, if you have a corrupt or mis-configured fstab file, you could simply issue the command: tar zxpf backup.tgz /ect/fstab -C / Other options: v add verbose option to see files processed A far safer solution is to restore the desired files under a different directory, and then compare, move, or update the files to their original locations afterward.

By: starchox
2009-02-18 19:31:27

What Others Think

I don't know why, but the exclude option isn't working. I found many topics about this issue, but I haven't found really a solution. So, if I want to exclude something like this : /home/user/Pictures it's not working. My tar version is: (GNU tar) 1.26 on Slackware 14/32b.
sarmis · 474 weeks and 1 day ago
Finally, it worked for me with this variant: tar -czpvf back_homeMe.tgz /home/username/ --exclude=/home/username/Pictures --exclude=/home/username/Softs --exclude=/home/username/.mozilla/seamonkey/gyk1k6ip.default/ImapMail/ --exclude=/home/username/.thunderbird/13tjcdh3.default/ImapMail So, I've announced the path to compress/backup very after archive name, I made single space between --exclude paths and I've ended without any space at the end of the line. Very restrictive input order for this command, isn't it?
sarmis · 474 weeks and 1 day ago
seofox · 37 weeks and 5 days ago

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Any thoughts on this command? Does it work on your machine? Can you do the same thing with only 14 characters?

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