[rear-users] backup.tar.gz missing

Johannes Meixner jsmeix at suse.de
Mon Dec 4 11:08:30 CET 2017


On Dec 2 11:35 Wolfgang Buesser wrote (excerpt):
> I am trying my very first recovery using rear:
> I have created a boootable iso-image and burned that to a CD.

in general I woud recommed to do your
"First steps with Relax-and-Recover"
on two virtual machines as described in

On virtual machines trial and error attempts can be done easier,
faster, and less annoying compared to using real hardware
(in particular burning CDs again and again for each test).

> The actual backup data is on an external USB-disk.

Careful with external disks for the backup!
In the booted ReaR recovery system check before "rear recover"
what disk device node (e.g. /dev/sda versus /dev/sdb) is which
actual hardware to avoid that "rear recover" recreats the system
on your external disk which would overwrite your backup, see
and read about 'MIGRATION_MODE' in the current ReaR
GitHub master code in usr/share/rear/conf/default.conf

In general when using USB you can have both the bootable ReaR
recovery system and the backup on the same external USB-disk.

See "Quick start guide" at

When you use
I would also recommend to additionally set USB_SUFFIX
cf. usr/share/rear/conf/default.conf

For an advanced example that I used with "USB_SUFFIX"
you may have a look at

Kind Regards
Johannes Meixner
SUSE LINUX GmbH - GF: Felix Imendoerffer, Jane Smithard,
Graham Norton - HRB 21284 (AG Nuernberg)

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