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9.2.5. Tools from your distribution

Most Linux distributions offer their own tools for making your life easy. A short overview:

  • SuSE: YaST now includes expanded backup and restore modules.

  • RedHat: the File Roller tool provides visual management of (compressed) archives. They seem to be in favour of the X-CD-Roast tool for moving backups to an external device.

  • Mandrake: X-CD-Roast.

  • Most distributions come with the BSD dump and restore utilities for making backups of ext2 and ext3 file systems. This tool can write to a variety of devices and literally dumps the file(s) or file system bit per bit onto the specified device. Like dd, this allows for backing up special file types such as the ones in /dev.

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