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[suse-security] Re: backup solution

On Mar 27, Andy <frum@xxxxxxxxx> wrote:

> Hi to all, 
> I know it is not security related topic, but I don't want to subscribe 
> to another thread.
> I want to ask for a backup tool for suse 10. 
> For the configuration files and mailserver I am using rsync to backup 
> the files.
> How can I backup the user list and passwords... and recover them easy in 
> case of disaster??

Hi Andy,

First, please fix your mail client to insert line breaks after ~72 
characters. I see that you are using Outlook Express which is rather 
dangerous to use, apart from being non-compliant to standards in several 
ways. It is easily replaced by the free and more feature-rich Mozilla 
Thunderbird Mail (http://www.mozilla.com/thunderbird/).

Second, the answer to your question is an easy one. The users and 
passwords are kept in the file /etc/passwd and /etc/shadow.

But instead of saving only those two (with tar), I would backup the whole 
/etc directory, e.g.

# tar czvf /data/backup/etc.tar.gz /etc

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