The partimage program is included in SUSE Professional and allows you to create an image file from a partition for backup and restore purposes. Because empty space is not included in the image, and because the image is compressed, it uses less space than simply writing out the partition to a file using dd (dd is discussed later in the chapter). The program includes a restore option. It possibly should not be regarded as totally mature but is certainly worth investigating. Figure 14-6 shows partimage up and running. If partimage is installed, simply (as root) type the command partimage to start it.
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