I've finished backing stuff up and got it all moved onto SAL1600. So my darling Dixie is ready to have her hard drives wiped clean for upgrade.
Terry@Dixie$ du -ch ./* 22:28 4.6M ./Documents.tar.gz 1.8G ./Music.tar.gz 308M ./Pictures.tar.gz 33M ./Programming.tar.gz 422M ./Videos.tar.gz 36M ./dotfiles.tar.gz 288K ./lastminute.tar.gz 2.0K ./loader.conf 928K ./misc_files.tar.gz 8.9M ./root-compat-linux-opt-navigator.tar.gz 304K ./root-etc.tar.gz 1.7M ./root-usr-Projects.tar.gz 1.3M ./root-usr-local-etc.tar.gz 42K ./root-usr-local-share-uemacs.tar.gz 10M ./root-usr-local-share-vim.tar.gz 14K ./sh.tar.gz 2.6G total Terry@Dixie$ 22:28
Backed up my Documents, my Music collection, my Pictures, my Programming directory, my Videos, my shell script/binary directory, the .dot files I want to keep and a few files sitting around my home directory. Also /usr/Projects where I have files for PBI Making stored, my loader.conf and a few things from the file system. the two major etc directories and my files for Vim and MicroEMACS, even Netscape Navigator 9, so I won't have to re download it.
When I started out my home directory was about 3.4GB according to du(1) and its -h switch. Now all the files I have archived are just over two and half GB. Its a strange feeling to see a major part of my life packed up into 'digital boxes'...
Since I'll be reformating for PC-BSD v1.4-Release I'm not going to keep most of the KDE or QT related files, just the ones I don't care to replace (konsole schemas, Konversation settings) and things for Amarok and Kopete that I can have on record if I need to 'restore' them.
For backing stuff up I really do prefer to use dump & restore for major stuff, I can get the system live and mount the disks. Then start a dump and feed in through a Secure Shell login to the server where it'll be compressed. Since a level 0 dump is pretty big for me, I tend to use bzip for compression. But for this job, since its just the files I'm interested in I've used a bunch of TAR Archives and gzip'd them. That way I can unpack them at my leazsure when the system is finally operational, Just waiting on PC-BSD to release v1.4, in the mean time I want to work on my partitioning scheme. I may also try to install a very minimal OpenBSD 4.1 into a partition. Reason? Get it set up so I can boot into OpenBSD, mount the PC-BSD slice and dump it over the network with less hassle ^_^
*sigh* time to leave for work again....1841 local, at least it's a very short run.