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