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Re: Hot-backup a complete Debian install

what about tar?
it's a good tool, support device files, opened files, etc.
the hole file system!
which is the backup target media?

good luck.

pd: take a look in `man tar`

Roman Medina <roman@rs-labs.com> dijo:

>  Hi,
>  I'd like to know which tools&methods do you prefer for backing up a
> complete Linux install _in a production environment_, i.e., _without
> having to shut down the machine or unmount partitions_. The machine
> needs to be always alive and it will be remotely administered.
>  I'd like to hear your opinion about the following idea.
> 1) I have LVM + ext3, with a distribution like:
> linux:~# mount
> /dev/hda3 on / type ext3 (rw,errors=remount-ro)
> proc on /proc type proc (rw)
> devpts on /dev/pts type devpts (rw,gid=5,mode=620)
> /dev/rs/usr on /usr type ext3 (rw,nodev)
> /dev/rs/var on /var type ext3 (rw,nodev,usrquota)
> /dev/rs/tmp on /tmp type ext3 (rw,nosuid,nodev,usrquota)
> /dev/rs/www on /www type ext3 (rw,nosuid,nodev,usrquota)
> /dev/rs/ftp on /ftp type ext3 (rw,nosuid,nodev,usrquota)
> /dev/rs/mail on /mail type ext3 (rw,nosuid,nodev,usrquota)
> /dev/hda2 on /boot type ext3 (rw)
> rs-hosting:~#
> 2) Root and boot partitions are not LVM based, but they're quite
> static, since data and logs are stored in other partitions. Is it safe
> to use "dump" here (keeping the partition mounted)?
> 3) All the "dynamic" partitions are LVM-based, so the idea is taking
> one snapshot of each partition and use "dump" util over the snapshot?
> Is it a good idea? Would it work?
> Please, I'd like to receive comments / another ideas on this issue.
> Thanks.
>  Saludos,
>  --Roman
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