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Require guidance for system admin on linux and backup related question

Hi everybody
I am new user to Linux and having my datatase server as oracle 11i.I want to take the backup of usr,bin,lib,var,opt,etc(except dev ) directory which are located under the root.Before I was using windows.Now I want to copy these folders for backup.I want to copy these folders into one partition having enough space.I have a doubt that will copy these folders will make any harm to the server or not.Because in windows when we copy the system files it shows that can't copy the files is in use.Will it give similar error in linux?Or I should proceed?
                                      The other question is that if i want to install a driver which is not part of the kernel residual module but it is inside the /usr/src/linux2.4.21-9.0.1/kernel/net/8139too.o (I know this is a residual modul,but for instance just image that it is not part of the residual module).What should I do to make this module be inserted in the /lib/2.4.21-9.0.1.EL/kernel/driver/net
Please help me
hope for early reply
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Prerak123
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pjedmondCommented:
Simplest and easiest way to backup a folder is with copy (cp):

cp -R /usr /backup/partition

This recursively copies the directory usr into the backup partition.

man cp

for more info.

Of course we could use tar:

tar cvf /usr /backup/partition

Other utilities are available such as cpio et

man tar
man cpio

As a minor point if you are asking 2 questions - always put them in seperate questions - it makes things easier for those answering, and also means that you get a more 'focussed' answer.

To install a module, you need the command:

insmod usr/src/linux2.4.21-9.0.1/kernel/net/8139too.o

You can confirm that the module has been installed by typing:

lsmod

HTH:)
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pjedmondCommented:
usr,bin,lib,var,opt,etc

Of these var will be in use (log files), and you'll get a copy of the log file at the time the copy starts - These means that all the log files will not be a 'perfect' snapshot! Otherwise the copy should be fine for most needs. If you don't have permissions to read the files concerned, then yes you will get an error!
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pjedmondCommented:
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Prerak123Author Commented:
Thanx
I will proceed the backup of folder as mentioned by you.It means copying folder is not harmful for me and will not say files is in use except the var folder.
I tried to install module
insmod /usr/src/linux-2.4.21-4.0.1-ELsmp/driver/net/8139too.c
8139too.c : 8139too.c is not an ELF file

what is ELF file
for your conviniency I increase 50 points
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pjedmondCommented:
An ELF(executable and linking format) file is a standard for executeable files:

http://www.gsp.com/cgi-bin/man.cgi?section=5&topic=elf

for the structure expected of an ELF file.

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pjedmondCommented:
>insmod /usr/src/linux-2.4.21-4.0.1-ELsmp/driver/net/8139too.c
>8139too.c : 8139too.c is not an ELF file

Partly my fault! If you compile the src (source code) you'll get an executable that will normally end in .o or .ko It is probably that you have not compiled your source from scratch.

Try looking in:

/lib

instead for the .o or .ko file. Otherwise you may need to compile the source.

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