Diary of a Network Geek

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mkCDrec Linux Restores

Filed under: Fun Work,Geek Work,Linux,Review — Posted by the Network Geek during the Hour of the Monkey which is in the late afternoon or 5:17 pm for you boring, normal people.
The moon is a Full Moon

This is interesting.

Okay, I downloaded this little program some time ago and loaded it up at work on my experimental kernel machine. See, I foul things up so terribly that I occasionally need to reload the server. Well, rather than sitting around and doing an install all day, I thought a recovery CD, or CDs, would be a better answer. So, I tried it.
First off, mkCDrec is easy to install. Just download it, make yourself root, or root-like, and extract it. It’s that easy. Then, go to the mkcdrec directory and run “make”. That’s it! You’ll get a menu that will pop up and ask you a couple of options and you might want to change the default paths, but otherwise, that’s all there is to it.
Restoring is just a little bit more complicated, but not much. Basically, you boot off the first recovery disk and run /etc/recovery/start-restore.sh. After that, the restore script asks you a couple of questions and goes to work! When it finishes with the first disk, it prompts you for the next. My system took three CDs and less than 45 minutes to restore, which beats a fresh install any day.
Did I mention that this was free software? Oh, the author asks for donations, but for all intents and purposes, it’s free. Pretty damn cool.

Oh, I also noticed that my darling wife has taken me off her “Worthy Blogs” list. Not sure when that happened, but I’d suspect that my link went away between one and three weeks ago. I guess I’m just not worthy! Story of my life. This blog gets an average of 1300 hits per day, but I’m still not worthy. Maybe if I post the next winning lottery numbers….


  1. Whoops! My comment spam software threw me off and I deleted someone’s valid comment! Sorry!

    Ed asked “Wonder if this works for netware ?? ” And, the answer is no, it does not. This is a Linus only solution. Sorry, Ed!

    Comment by Network Geek — 10/28/2004 @ 8:47 pm

  2. Boy that would have been nice tho huh?
    Since now I use Backup Exec.. and DLT tapes. that sucks.

    Have you ever seen the commercial software from


    BTW thanks for restoring my comment 😉 Rock on.

    Comment by Ed — 10/29/2004 @ 7:22 am

  3. Yep, I’ve seen it. I’ve even messed around with the demo version. Pretty cool, actually. Not sure I’d pay the money to have it “just in case”, but it’s still pretty cool.

    Have you looked into BackupExec’s CD Recovery option? I seem to recall that at least *one* version of BE had that. I *know* that there are products out there, for Netware, that can make bar-metal restore CDs. Of course, I’ve never actually gotten one to run, but, still…

    Good luck!

    Comment by Network Geek — 10/29/2004 @ 7:36 am

  4. Hey this is cool stuff too to tinker with.


    Comment by Ed — 10/31/2004 @ 11:03 am

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