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APTonCD, What does it include?

Postby scooter on Fri Feb 27, 2009 8:55 pm

Hi everyone,

If I use the APTonCD application to make a personalised copy of my distribution, does that include my emails as well? If not, is the best way to backup my complete installation by imaging the partition?

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Re: APTonCD, What does it include?

Postby grimdestripador on Fri Feb 27, 2009 9:28 pm

APTonCD is a backup capability of APT-GET. Apt-get is a program that installs other programs on your computer. Backuping up with APTonCD does not save ANY of your personal data. It just saves the package files (the compreseved version of your new to be installed programs) that take forever download. APTonCD is usefull for people who want Linuxmint downloads but with no internet connection. But do do this you must first have one computer connected and configured like you want it, then place on APTonCD. If the other non-internet connected computer see's this CD, the packages will be moved to the hard drive, and you can install the programs that were never loaded on the default installation.
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Re: APTonCD, What does it include?

Postby garda on Sat Feb 28, 2009 10:07 am

AptOnCD is just a package archive backup tool with the ability to filter out duplicate packages to ensure minimal disk space usage. It is not much different from manually copying all the deb files in your /var/cache/apt/archives/ directory and does not backup anything else other than those cached packages.

If you are into creating a complete backup of your installation, you may want to read an excellent howto called 'How to backup your stuff UNIX-style' in the Turials/Howtos section of the forums. In addition, you can also use SBackup -- although I strongly recommend you learn the manual method so that you will know what to do should things go severely amiss in such a way that restoring the backup from a Live CD environment becomes the only option.
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