7. Distribution Specific Notes

Below are distribution notes from past experiences. If you have additional notes that you would like to add for other distributions, please forward them to me.

7.1. Fedora

Fedora is the sequel to Red Hat 9. Make the following changes:

7.2. Red Hat 9

I haven't worked with Red Hat 9. Comments on Fedora may also apply to Red Hat 9.

7.3. Red Hat 8.0

Red Hat 8.0 requires changes only if you log in via ssh to your computer after the first stage restore. If, say, you perform the second state restore over ssh. If so, make the following changes:

7.4. Red Hat 7.1

This distribution is the one I used originally on my test computer. I have had no problems with it.

7.5. Red Hat 7.0

This version seems to require libcrack (in /usr/lib) and its attendant files in order to authenticate users. So in save.metadata, add to the line that saves /usr/lib the following: /usr/lib/*crack* and enable that line.

7.6. Knoppix

I have not used Knoppix, but other folks have. Pasi Oja-Nisula reports:

For me the best thing about using Knoppix is that I don't need a specific boot medium for each machine, but I can use the same tools all the time. And hardware support in Knoppix is really great. I don't have that much experience with different platforms, but all the machines I've tried have worked fine, scsi drivers are found and so on.

I'm doing this recovery thing by copying the backups over the network to other machine. The restore involves booting the Knoppix cd, fetching the metadata.tar.gz from the network machine. Then make.dev, mount.dev, fetching the other tar.gz files, grub and reboot. Some typing involved but thanks to your scripts it's quite straighforward. Unless changing from ide to scsi or something, but even then it's not that difficult, since Linux is easy to restore to different hardware.

Also see "System recovery with Knoppix".

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