Thursday, August 6, 2015

better compressed dd images of blockdevices

When creating full images from one of my rootdisks …

dd if=/dev/sda | bzip2 >/opt/backup/sda.img.bzip2

… i noticed the backups were growing, but the amount of data on the device was not.

Since dd is a full blocklevel- and not a filebased backup, there must be some free space containing old bits and bytes.
The sfill utility can overwrite the freespace with zeroes, giving me better compressed images.

sfill -f -l -l -z /mnt/mountpoint

Clean ubuntu rootdisk

My script to clean up some stuff.
Seems that those kernel header packages are eating up all inodes on small ext volumes.

nr_of_removed_packages=`dpkg -l | egrep "^rc" | cut -d" " -f3 | wc -l`
nr_of_active_kernels=`ls /boot/vmlinuz* | wc -l`
active_kernels=`ls /boot/vmlinuz* | cut -d" " -f9 | sed -r 's/\/boot\/vmlinuz-//' | sed -r 's/-generic//'`
nr_of_headers_to_be_cleaned=`dpkg -l | grep linux-headers | grep -v headers-generic | cut -d" " -f3 | grep -v "$active_kernels" | wc -l`

if [ "$nr_of_removed_packages" -gt "0" ]; then
  echo "Purge configuration files for removed packages ($nr_of_removed_packages)"
  dpkg --purge `dpkg -l | egrep "^rc" | cut -d" " -f3`
  echo "No removed packages"

if [ "$nr_of_headers_to_be_cleaned" -gt "0" ]; then
  echo "Cleaning old kernel headers, but skipping active kernels:"
  echo "$active_kernels"
  echo ""
  echo "Going to clean:"
  dpkg -l | grep linux-headers | grep -v headers-generic | cut -d" " -f3 | grep -v "$active_kernels"
  echo "Wait 5 seconds or break now!!"
  sleep 5
  dpkg --purge `dpkg -l | grep linux-headers | grep -v headers-generic | cut -d" " -f3 | grep -v "$active_kernels"`
  echo "No kernel headers to be cleaned"

echo "Done!"