[CentOS] OT - backup question/advice

John Newbigin jnewbigin at ict.swin.edu.au
Wed Sep 6 01:41:39 UTC 2006

You don't even want to try and back up the proc fs.  Have a look at the 
size of /proc/kcore.

If there is an option to not cross filesystems then turn that on (like 
tar -l or find -xdev).

Failing that, use mount to find everywhere that proc and sysfs is 
mounted and exclude them manually.


Thomas E Dukes wrote:

> Hello,
> I have been using mondorescue to backup to dvd for several months now
> without any problems.
> Since upgrading to Centos 4.4, I now receive a few errors.  The errors are
> for files in /var/named/chroot/proc.  I guess these files change so when I
> do a differntial backup they aren't there and result in errors.  (Never got
> any errors before and I think these files were there in 4.3) If I exclude
> the files from the backup, no errors.
> My question is what, if any problems would I run into not backing these
> files up and having to do a complete system restore?
> TIA,
> Eddie
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John Newbigin
Computer Systems Officer
Faculty of Information and Communication Technologies
Swinburne University of Technology
Melbourne, Australia

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