> I am hoping someone out there can help.
> This is probably a really BASIC Linux question so I apologize :-)
> I am trying to create a backup of the root file system of my uSD card.
> I tried to "dd" the whole card and it didn't copy all the files properly
> so I am settling for the rootfs partition.
> What I want to do is 'tar' all of /dev/sdb2 ...
> I tried tar and bzip2. Neither seem to work.
> I tried using the file manager GUI from Ubuntu, but it didn't copy the files
> correctly either.
> There must be a way to do this?
This is unix stuff, not gumstix but be helped
In general dd is a bad choice. dd makes an exact copy so cloning an exactly-the-same SD card or creating a copy that you can put back etc
tar backs up FILES so eg
mount /dev/sda2 /mnt
ls /mnt # there it all is. Then ...
tar cvjf a-name.tbz /mnt
or as somebody else posted
then tar cvjf a-name-somewhere-else.tbz *
meaning tar everything HERE to a-name-somewhere-else.tbz
saves all the files in /mnt in a-name.tbz which you cab put back on another file system etc as you will