On Fri, Dec 04, 2009 at 04:50:43PM -0800, Nerius Landys wrote:
> > Your dump is just a regular file sitting on a hard drive with a file
> > system that's already mounted. If you created an on-disk ISO image of
> > that file, you'd have to mount the file system of that ISO image to read
> > the file. If you burned the ISO image to a CD, you'd mount the CD's
> > file system to read it. Either way, the file remains just a file, and
> > is read using restore(8).
> > I'll offer a guess that you're confusing things with tar(1) (which is
> > often used for backups) and the recent changes. From the manpage:
> > This implementation can extract from tar, pax, cpio, zip, jar, ar,
> > and ISO 9660 cdrom images and can create tar, pax, cpio, ar, and
> > shar archives.
> > The above means you can now do nifty things like 'tar xvf mybackup.iso',
> > and if you've configured a pre-processor for less(1), even niftier
> > things like:
> > less backup.tar.gz
> > less backup.zip
> > less backup.iso
> > It's also possible you might be thinking of file system snapshots (which
> > can be mounted). Check the Handbook for details.
> All I really want to do is take my dump file and see the "files"
> inside it, and do things with those files such as copy or md5sum (not
> edit). And I don't even know which tool do use to accomplish that.
> For example, if I took a dump 0 of /usr (which I did), I would like to
> see the "file" /usr/home/nlandys/.zshrc inside the dump, and then
> actually see (read) this file and/or copy it over scp or to another
Well, restore(8) is the utility intended for looking at and extracting
files from dump files. I don't know if you can do all those things
directly from a dump file using restore. You may have to restore a
file to disk first and then act on that file for some of them.
But some might work. I usually make a directory I call 'unroll'
somewhere with lots of extra space, put stuff there and work on things
from there and clean up afterwards. But, you are welcome to experiment.
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