I know we're about to go a bit OT, but could you please tell me how you eventually would recover to the last running configuration of y Debian server by recovering also the installed packages?
I am now thinking about backing up my /etc only: do you think that would be enough, considering that only squid and iptables are the main softwares used? Of course, I have some tiny tools like webalizer (which involves the use of /var/www) and webmin (which I hope has all its configs in /etc/). Also crontabs are vital for me...
Many thanks,

From: B. Alexander [mailto:storm16@gmail.com]
Sent: Wednesday, September 29, 2010 2:18 AM
To: General list for user discussion,questions and support
Subject: Re: [BackupPC-users] Backing up whole linux system

Hi Flavio,

If I am honest, I only back up critical files on the system (/boot, /lib/modules, /home, /root, /etc, /usr/local, etc) using backuppc, because I can regenerate a Debian base install without packages in about 15 minutes, and with a relatively small package list like is generally on a firewall, I can do an apt-get dselect install from the previous package list in about the same amount of time as a restore. YMMV, of course, but one side benefit is that I get a fresh machine out of the deal.

I've really had pretty good experience with a variety of boxes doing it this way, but it all has to do with your needs.


On Tue, Sep 28, 2010 at 2:54 PM, Boniforti Flavio <flavio@piramide.ch> wrote:
Hello people.

I need to back up my Debian server, which mainly acts as a gateway (iptables) and proxy (squid). I’d like to back it up in a way that should enable me to recover the whole system onto a new harddisk drive, if the actual one would fail.
Is backupPC right for this purpose, or would it be better to take some sort of “snapshots” with some other software/tool?

Many thanks in advance.

Flavio Boniforti

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