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From: "Jean-Sébastien Guay" <jean_seb@×××××××××.ca>
To: gentoo-alpha@l.g.o
Subject: [gentoo-alpha] Disk image? and other general questions
Date: Tue, 05 Oct 2004 02:26:52
1 Hello,
3 This question might strike you as a bit bizarre, but here goes anyways.
5 I have an Alpha XL currently running Debian. I would like to see how
6 Gentoo works on it, but I would especially like to have the option to
7 back out and go back to my running system if it doesn't work (or I don't
8 like it, though I doubt that frankly). Is there a way of making a
9 complete "disk image" of my currently running system? By "disk image", I
10 mean all files, permissions, filesystem configuration, partitions, etc.
11 If possible, I would like to be able to put that image onto a network
12 drive (since the current drives on the system don't have the space to
13 fit such an image).
15 If I was able to do that, I would be able to restore from that image if
16 something were to go wrong.
18 The Alpha is currently my household's gateway/firewall, web server, file
19 server, etc. That's why I need to know that even after a few days of
20 compiling sources for Gentoo, I can go back at any time.
23 Also, somewhat unrelated -- How does Gentoo handle configuration files?
24 I mean, I know a bit about the portage system, the emerge command that
25 updates all the packages on your machine. But that raises the question,
26 what happens if I had to massively modify a certain software package's
27 config files, and then that package is updated and the config file has
28 new options, a new format, whatever. Does it do it the way Debian does
29 it (which is one reason I'd like to move away from Debian -- it just
30 gives you the option to keep your file, or overwrite with the new one,
31 no in between)? Or does it do it in a smart way, for example letting you
32 merge differences "à la" CVS?
34 Thanks in advance. I'd very much like to try out Gentoo, but if
35 possible, with as little risk as possible.
37 J-S
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Re: [gentoo-alpha] Disk image? and other general questions Rikard Johnels <rikjoh@××××××.se>
Re: [gentoo-alpha] Disk image? and other general questions Allen Ziegenfus <listmail@××××××.net>