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10<title>Linux Backup</title>
11</articleinfo>
12
13<para></para>
14<informaltable><tgroup cols="3"><tbody>
15<row>
16<entry>
17Mondo Rescue and Mindi Linux HOWTO
18</entry>
19</row>
20<row>
21<entry>
22<ulink url="mindilinux.html">Prev</ulink>
23</entry>
24<entry>
25Chapter 3. Overview
26</entry>
27<entry>
28<ulink url="windowsbackup.html">Next</ulink>
29</entry>
30</row>
31</tbody></tgroup></informaltable>
32
33<sect1 id="LINUXBACKU"><title>3.3. Linux Backup</title>
34<para>Mondo Rescue and Mindi Linux are used primarily as Linux
35backup and cloning tools. The fall in prices of CD-RW drives and
36writable discs will allow current users to keep good backups and
37future users to leverage the cloning capability.</para>
38<para>Tape drives are more likely to suit your needs if you run a
39larger installation (or have lots of MP3's). Warning! OnStream
40drives do not play well with Mondo. I do not know why. It is, in my
41opinion, something which OnStream should look into. Mondo uses
42fopen(), fread(), fwrite() and fclose() to interact with tape
43drives. That works for most drives but some drives just don't like
44that.</para>
45<para>I have tested it thousands of times on my own computer with
46my own data and with no alternate backup regime. It worked for me.
47Thousands of users testify to Mondo's stability and its ease of
48use. However, please test it on your own system before you rely on
49it. In fact, do not rely on any software until you have tested it
50to see if it performs as expected.</para>
51<para>To establish that Mondo will behave well in an emergency,
52please be prepared. Run a test backup as follows:-</para>
53<itemizedlist>
54<listitem>
55<para>Run mondoarchive without any command-line options.</para>
56</listitem>
57<listitem>Backup a subset of files - e.g. /usr/local - to CD or
58tape. Say 'yes' when asked if you want to verify them.</listitem>
59<listitem>If you are not backing up to CD, please create boot
60floppies when prompted.</listitem>
61</itemizedlist>
62<para>Next, restore archives to your live filesystem.</para>
63<itemizedlist>
64<listitem>
65<para>When mondoarchive terminates, run mondorestore without any
66command-line options.</para>
67</listitem>
68<listitem>Insert the CD or the first boot floppy when prompted.
69Press &lt;Enter&gt;. Wait a moment.</listitem>
70<listitem>Select a subset of files to restore, e.g. /usr/local/man
71and /usr/local/bin. Hit OK.</listitem>
72<listitem>Restore files to /tmp or /root/RESTORED or something
73similar.</listitem>
74<listitem>When mondorestore terminates, compare the restored files
75to the originals using cmp or diff.</listitem>
76</itemizedlist>
77<para>Finally, simulate an emergency restore.</para>
78<itemizedlist>
79<listitem>
80<para>Boot from CD/floppies.</para>
81</listitem>
82<listitem>Select 'Interactive Mode' at boot-time. (Type
83'interactive' and hit &lt;Enter&gt;.)</listitem>
84<listitem>Hit OK when shown the mountlist. Say 'yes' when asked if
85you accept the mountlist.</listitem>
86<listitem>Select files to restore, e.g. /usr/local/man and
87/usr/local/bin. Hit OK.</listitem>
88<listitem>Restore files to /tmp or /root/RESTORED or something
89similar.</listitem>
90<listitem>When mondorestore terminates, please reboot and compare
91the restored files to the originals.</listitem>
92</itemizedlist>
93<para>FYI, the subroutines to repartition and reformat your drives
94are very stable. If you are a RAID or LVM user, you
95might&nbsp;encounter some difficulties when wiping and restoring
96from scratch because of the sheer range of filesystem layouts and
97the impossibility of testing Mondo on every single one. If you have
98trouble, just drop to the command-line and partition/format
99manually. Then, call mondorestore, select Interactive Mode, and say
100'no' when asked if you want Mondo to partition or format your
101drives for you.</para>
102<para>You see, even if you have trouble, you still have two hands
103and most of the tools you need - lvchange, pvcreate, fdisk, mkraid,
104etc. - to do it manually. After you have prepped and formatted your
105drives manually (if you have to), just run mondorestore again and
106say 'no' when asked if you want to prep or format your drives. What
107could be easier?</para>
108<para></para>
109<para></para>
110<informaltable><tgroup cols="3"><tbody>
111<row>
112<entry>
113<ulink url="mindilinux.html">Prev</ulink>
114</entry>
115<entry>
116<ulink url="index.html">Home</ulink>
117</entry>
118<entry>
119<ulink url="windowsbackup.html">Next</ulink>
120</entry>
121</row>
122<row>
123<entry>
124Mindi Linux
125</entry>
126<entry>
127<ulink url="overview.html">Up</ulink>
128</entry>
129<entry>
130Windows Backup
131</entry>
132</row>
133</tbody></tgroup></informaltable>
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