After you've done any real work on your SUSE system, you want to make sure that you've backed it up somewhere in case of hardware failure or accidental deletion of your data. Linux provides a variety of ways to create archive files that contain files and directories. You can then copy these archive files to another machine over your network or write them to removable media such as a CD-ROM to protect yourself against calamities. This section introduces some of the most popular commands used to create archive files on a Linux system, either as a standard Linux archive file or as an ISO file that you can subsequently burn to a CD for archival purposes.
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