On Fri, 2005-08-26 at 19:59 +0200, Brian Foster wrote:
Thanks for your suggestions, Brian. I went the tar route as outlined
> how are you going to recover yer files?
> cat(1) the split(1) parts back together first,
> or what?
I used split on the resultant .tar.gz file and then mkisofs.
I then burned the images onto CD.
>> now, the compression (`.gz') will probably foul
> up my `split' suggestion below, so you probably
> can(/should) ignore it, but ....
>> if you want to use split(1) — and there _may_
> be a better method — I'd suggest instead of
> blindly `split'ing the tar(1) archive, break
> it apart in-between archived files (i.e., at
> file boundaries). be sure to append `tar's
> EoA mark to each part.
>That's still a bit beyond my current knowledge/competence I'm afraid.
> the reason for doing so is that if you blindly
> break an archive in the middle of a saved file,
> and then the 2nd CD has read/whatever problems,
> you _could_ loose everything in at least that
> part of the total archive; i.e., on the 2nd CD.
> subsequent CDs (3rd, 4th, etc.) _could_ also
> be a problem. (not necessarily; depends on
> lots of details; i.e, yer kiloage varies.)
>This is what worried me and lead me to explore afio first.
To be certain of the integrity of my data I copied the cd images onto an
RH9 box, used cat to reassemble the .tar.gz file and untarred it. The
backup worked so I proceeded with the upgrade to FC4 without any
problems, and restored ~patrick without a hitch.
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