Thank you Heliode you saved my system
Seems pretty easy, I could make a Qt application with a GUI for new users to do this, it would be something Ubuntu might need to have preinstalled.
I like GUI application more cause they are easier
Ok about GUI's and newer users, but when restoring, a GUI isn't (always) available, so the commandline method always has an advantage.
Laptop: 5 years old Asus M6N (ATI9600/9700 graphics, 512Mb RAM, Intel Mobile 1.66GHz, 60Gb HDD) running 10.04-Lucid Lynx pretty nicely.
Ah, a GUI app would be nice.
What are the dangers of excluding /etc/fstab and grub.cfg?
If this is a dumb question - I'm a newbie!!!
whoa man....i did it all. backed up in /
their was an error though...
"exiting with failure status for previous errors"
but I had more space used as shown in system information's "file systems" tab than before.
but no archives in / !!
even searching for files didnt help!
did exactly the command for making tar.gz archive you posted ,only including "--exclude=/media"
now....where to find it?