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New What do you use to compress the files?
Zip gets really pokey as the file size increases, but it's nearly universal on just about any platform. Any backups I make would have to be restorable on Winders, and ideally OS X as well. And Linux, of course.

I'd be nervous about going above 4 GB as well, in case something needed to go back on FAT32 (which has a 4 GB file size limit).

Thanks.

Cheers,
Scott.
New I use tar to make the archive, gzip or bzip2 to compress.
You make an iso filesystem with only the single archive file on it.

And if you mount the DVD it has the tar.gz (or bz2) on it.
tar zxf /media/dvd/backup01.tar.gz filename
Does the job just fine. Once the file is ON the DVD (after you create it and burn it to it) you just use it like any other backup media.

Remember you have to think of it like a tape. I've always written archive files to tape and not the tape device as it gets messy.

Of course this would also work on Windows in that way. BTW, all current GUI zip programs know and understand tar archives and also completely understand gzip files. Even in the Windows World. Heck even in W2K if you set a couple of registry entries, straight Windows explorer could traverse tar files and extract them from the .gz without add-ons.

But that is another story.

OSX shouldn't have *ANY* problem.
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New Thanks. I'll check it out.
New Consider using 7-zip.
Cross-platform, Free, and squashes things dead good.


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New Thanks. It looks good. I'll bet FC/W can use it, too.
New FC/W? Wossat?


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New FileCommander/W - a Norton Commander clone.
[link|http://silk.apana.org.au/fc.html|It]'s 32-bit, very functional, very stable, and being text mode - quick. It started out on OS/2. I've been using it since v0.09 or something like that.

[link|http://silk.apana.org.au/pub/fcw/fcw230-dev.zip|Here] is the latest beta version. You'll need the release version 2.20 to get the help file, etc., to know the function of the key combinations (beyond the NC keys, that is).

It's shareware, but I think it competes very well with a lot of the freeware file managers/editors/etc. out there.

There's occasional talk on the mailing list about a Linux version, but I don't think Brian has committed to that.

Cheers,
Scott.
     How do you plan to handle the "Read Only" flag? - (Another Scott) - (9)
         It's the filesystem. - (static)
         I use CDs abd DVDs as backup media rather than images - (folkert) - (7)
             What do you use to compress the files? - (Another Scott) - (6)
                 I use tar to make the archive, gzip or bzip2 to compress. - (folkert) - (1)
                     Thanks. I'll check it out. -NT - (Another Scott)
                 Consider using 7-zip. - (pwhysall) - (3)
                     Thanks. It looks good. I'll bet FC/W can use it, too. -NT - (Another Scott) - (2)
                         FC/W? Wossat? -NT - (pwhysall) - (1)
                             FileCommander/W - a Norton Commander clone. - (Another Scott)

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