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Old May 11, 2021, 08:36   #2
fph
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Where would you like to back up the files then? Do you have a website or google drive with enough space to store them?

One of the easiest ways is with scp (cp over ssh), if you have ssh access to another server with enough space. Or you can install openssh-server and connect to your computer from another one, with e.g. winscp from Windows.

Is your disk failing? If so be careful and have things planned: every time you boot your computer could be the last one. Is that an HDD or an SSD? Do you get "read fail" or "bad sector" messages in the output of journalctl -xe (scroll with arrows, exit with q)?

The content of my /etc/default/rcS is the following --- but if you are missing that file out of the blue it is likely that it's not the only one. I'd recommend to back up and reinstall just to avoid future problems.

Code:
#
# /etc/default/rcS
#
# Default settings for the scripts in /etc/rcS.d/
#
# For information about these variables see the rcS(5) manual page.
#
# This file belongs to the "initscripts" package.

# delete files in /tmp during boot older than x days.
# '0' means always, -1 or 'infinite' disables the feature
#TMPTIME=0

# spawn sulogin during boot, continue normal boot if not used in 30 seconds
#SULOGIN=no

# do not allow users to log in until the boot has completed
#DELAYLOGIN=no

# be more verbose during the boot process
#VERBOSE=no

# automatically repair filesystems with inconsistencies during boot
#FSCKFIX=no
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