[blfs-support] Complete Backup of {,B}LFS

Dan McGhee beesnees at grm.net
Sun Dec 22 17:07:43 PST 2013

On 12/22/2013 12:55 PM, Bruce Dubbs wrote:
> Why not just 'cp -a /  <mount point>'
> You will want to clean the virtual file systems in any case.  You could
> also do:  'tar -c --one-file-system - | tar -x -C <mount point>' which
> will avoid the virtual file system problem (but the virtual file systems
> mount points need to be created).
> If you boot to a 3rd system and do not have the virtual file systems
> mounted, you can just do:
> $ sudo cp -a /mnt/lfs  mnt/lfs2
I ultimately chose cp over cpio. I may have mis-read the results of 
--no-preserve-owner for cpio, but I didn't use that option in an 
experiment and the ownership was changed to root for everything.

And the cp -a /mnt/lfs /mnt/lfs2 format worked like a charm. I'm sure 
the directory tree was not as complicated as the example akh used in his 
post, so I figured there wouldn't be a problem.

Ubuntu can be, at times, as "hinky" as Windows. As I randomly checked 
directories and files for permissions. The uid's and gid's for all the 
package users were indicated for files. However, when I checked my home 
directory the files were owned by "libuuid" and were assigned to group 
"sudo." But back here in LFS, everything was as it's supposed to be. 


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