Re: Tar'ing /proc ???

From: Richard B. Johnson (
Date: Thu Jan 16 2003 - 09:04:39 EST

On Thu, 16 Jan 2003, Linux Geek wrote:

> Hi all,
> I have been getting strange errors when i was trying to tar my /proc .
> Are there any known issues/problems when we do such a thing ?
> Is it supposed to work at all ?
> There is no reason as to why i am doing this :-) , just wanted to try out.
> TIA , for all the help

Normally, you do `tar -clf`
                        |________ stay on the same file-system.
Otherwise toy need to use --exclude /proc. Proc is a virtual
file-system that contains things like kcore. You can get into
a deadlock when reading kcore and you don't want this in your
backup anyway.

Dick Johnson
Penguin : Linux version 2.4.18 on an i686 machine (797.90 BogoMips).
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