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Re: Hot-backup a complete Debian install

Looking through the debian package list I have noticed this a while ago: afbackup

This is a client-server backup system offering several workstations a
centralized backup to a special backup server. Backing up only one computer is easily possible, too. Any streaming device can be used for writing the data to
it, usually this will be a tape device. Writing backups is normally done
sequentially: The next writing to tape goes to the end of the previous write no
matter where you have restored from in the meantime.

Has anyone ever tried it?

Regarding your question I would vote for tar too - though rsync and dump (never used - doesn't work with reiserfs) seem to be used a lot of other people.

Actually, looking through the debian package list produces quite a number of interesting things..

Michael Moritz

Roman Medina wrote:


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)

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.


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