So I've got an HP-UX 9 box that I'm trying to backup, first to a tape with fbackup, to no avail, and now to a folder shared over NFS. I'm using the command "tar -cvf /nfs/Results/backup.tar /" where the single '/' should mean that I want everything within the root directory to be backed up, but for whatever reason it's only backing up a certain directory within /dev/ and then terminating. I get the feeling it doesn't like how I'm specifying the directory to be backed, so how might I get around this?
tar probably does not 'like' special files under
/dev and then just errors out.
/dev just as-is is always problematic - e.g. think about reading from
/dev/zero or a block device ...
tar you can easily exclude certain directories from your backup.
Or perhaps you can use some snapshot feature of your HP-UX root filesystem for backup.