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I'm curious why in all backup tutorials I found tar command excludes among others /dev/pts and not all of /dev/ Why would I want to backup anything under dev?

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back in the day when you still had to create device entries manually with mknod maybe, with udev I see no particular reason, no. – HBruijn Jul 7 '14 at 12:27

There is generally no need to backup anything under dev, since it's mostly generated upon boot by udev. I did a lot of OS migrations by simply rsyncing everything except stuff like proc, dev, sys etc.

Just make sure when you setup your backups, ALWAYS test a recovery, to see if everything is functioning properly.

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Can I use some tar option to make it check file after compression? – Lord_JABA Jul 7 '14 at 13:46
You mean to check the integrity of backed up files? There's probably more than one way to do it, but I was actually referring to something else. Since you're doing full server backups, I suggest you try to restore the server backup on a different machine, to make sure it actually boots, and that everything is OK. – Vladimir Jul 7 '14 at 13:51
Good suggestion but somehow missing the point because this backup will (i hope not) be restored on the same machine it's being created. So to test it in "battle conditions" I would need to wreck my production server... – Lord_JABA Jul 7 '14 at 13:54
Of course you wouldn't test it on your actual production machine, but try to restore it on a similar machine, or a VM. Make sure you run the grub installation if restoring to new hard drives. :) – Vladimir Jul 7 '14 at 14:04
Note that udev is Linux specific. On other unixoid systems with a static /dev, it is indeed advisable to include it in the backup, and only exclude /dev/pts, which is dynamically managed even there. – Simon Richter Jul 7 '14 at 15:05

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