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Restoring from Backup using rsync

I used the ``rsync -auv'' command so that in the unlikely event the new computer had a newer file, it would be left alone (the `-u' option). Below, let bh denote the backup host (my server) and let bd denote the backup directory on that host (such as /Backups/MacBookPro).

sudo tcsh
rsync -av bh:bd/Users/me/ /Users/me
mkdir /opt
rsync -av bh:bd/opt/ /opt
mkdir /usr/local
rsync -av bh:bd/usr/local/ /usr/local
rsync -auv bh:bd/Library/ /Library
rsync -auv bh:bd/Applications/ /Applications
rsync -auv bh:bd/Developer/ /Developer

After the above copies, I updated the Mac itself in the usual way (Software Update in the Apple menu) and redid misc. configuration items described in §5.4, such as adjusting my shell, making caps-lock ctrl, and setting various defaults with dwrite.

The above is a bit conservative (avoiding most system-file copying), but since there was about a two-year difference in the hardware age, I did not want to simply do ``rsync -auv bh:bd/ /,'' even though I think it should probably work $(\stackrel{\mbox{.\,.}}{\smile})$.


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