Well, he's right about that warning, since while gnutar records ALLQuote:>>I for one don't believe in using non-standard utilities for system
>>backups. If doing a full restore, it's unlikely you'll have these
>>special things around
>Huh? Under normal usage, pdtar/gnutar produces archives compatible with
>>but will probably only have what's on your boot tape.
>Which probably includes tar.
the modes bits, and restores them if given the proper command-line option
and run by root, the stock tar will NOT restore the modes on special files.
I had in mind doing a partial rebuild from the distribution tapes,
loading gnutar either from a backup tape or from another system via net, and
then doing a full restore on top of the partial restore, selecting the
necessary options to gnutar to restore all mode bits and to overwrite
existing files. It would be possible to rebuild the boot tape to include
gnutar, at least in the SunOs 3.5, but I believe that the later versions use
a different way of building the distribution tapes which makes it more
difficult. Obviously, the latest distributions on cd-rom are beyond
modifications until we get scsi-interfaced drives capable of writing new
Also, it is worthwhile keeping copies of gnu-tar on multiple
partitions, and, if possible, on multiple physical disks. This increases
the chances that it'll be available when it comes time to restore from tapes.
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