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Re: /opt/ again (was Re: FreeBSD-like approach for Debian? [was: ...])

Thursday, September 16, 1999, 3:23:25 AM, Marek wrote:
>>     How are you going to get the data on to the drive without a minimum
>> installation on it in the first place?
> Geez (that's your favorite expression, ain't it?) - you really don't know
> what backups are for.

    I know what they are for.

> They are there to BACK UP everything, make a snapshot of your critical
> system so that you can restore it within at most TWO hours. Backing up data
> only is good on non-critical sites, the other category requires fast
> restoration of the entire system. In that light reinstallation and
> reconfiguration is not an option.

    It isn't an option.  OK, I again ask how you propose to get the data onto
the system without a minimal installation?  What, put the tape on the hard
drive and wait for osmosis to set in?  Do the "bit transfer dance" and rely
upon the good will of the gods?

    You're also almost as good as stating that one cannot backup /etc, toss in
a spare drive, do the install off a local NFS/FTP mount (less than 2 hours by
a long shot) throw /etc back in (no need for a tape even, whatta concept!) and
then get the rest of the data from there in under 2 hours.

    Funny, I've seen that done several times across two different jobs now.

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