Backing Up Your Pinguy OS Install Into an Installable Distro

A few people have asked me how they can backup their system so they will be able to re-install from it, or to be able to install it onto a different system. With this guide I will show you the steps needed to have a working installable distro built from your Pinguy OS system that will have all your settings and changes saved into it. Basically a Full system backup that is also an installable Distro.

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Remastersys Lives!

Contrary to all reports, Remastersys is alive and well. I’ve just installed on Oneiric lab machine and will report if it doesn’t work as it had.

Ubuntu installation, from the site itself:

Starting with version 3.0.1-1 for Ubuntu there is a proper signed repository that can be added to your system.

The Synaptic Method:

[Pain in the ass in oneiric, and you will definitely have to remove the source repo manually from sources.list (last line of the section):]

1. In Firefox, go to :
save file as text someplace where you can find it.

2.  In synaptic, go to Settings/Repositories; select “Authentication” tab and “Import Key File” just downloaded.

3.  Still in synaptic, go to “Other Software” tab and click “Add”, then enter the apt line and replace oneiric with either lucid, maverick, or natty to match your Ubuntu version:

    deb oneiric main

4.  Leave the repositories tab and “Reload”.

5.  Search for “remastersys” and select for install.  Edit/Apply Marked Changes.

NOTE:  There is no source repository so if you see a line starting with deb-src you need to remove it.

[This is the method that makes the most sense to me, however there is an error somewhere and I haven’t sorted out where. I get a (broken pipe); I think I see - the way this is written, I must su -; sudo doesn’t cut it:]

The Manual Method

As root, download and apply the repository gpg key.

wget -O - | apt-key add -

Add the following line that corresponds to your version of Ubuntu to your /etc/apt/sources.list

#Remastersys Lucid
deb lucid main

#Remastersys Maverick
deb maverick main

#Remastersys Natty
deb natty main

#Remastersys Oneiric
deb oneiric main

Now just apt-get update or reload in Synaptic to have the new Remastersys signed repository ready to use!