Backing up data using tar

Andrew Reid andrew.reid at
Wed May 14 15:07:36 CST 2003

On Wed, May 14, 2003 at 09:22:20AM +0930, Martin Stacey wrote:

> Is it safe to backup the dev directory using the tar or should I avoid doing
> this?

Exclude it. I don't think tar is stupid enough to try and write the
contents of the device files to your archive, but device files are
magical anyway. Backing them up doesn't really achieve anything. It
might be a good idea to keep a copy of the MAKEDEV script handy,

   - andrew

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