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Re: duplicating servers - remote backup to HD

I used dump to do scripted backup to another server, worked great for me.
Even managed to restore database-files for MySQL that was active at the time
the dump was run.
I have som scripts taking care of ignoring inodes you don't want if you're interrested.


Jason Lim wrote:

Any good way to get around Qmail's usage of inode # as file names?

I've tried doing a simple cp before and it just doesn't work afterwards...
doens't see the files. I've seen hacks, but they don't seem to work well
and take forever to run, which can be tough, especially if you have
hundreds, if not thousands, of accounts, each possibly with a hundred
emails in each...

----- Original Message ----- From: "W.D.McKinney" <dee@akwireless.net>
To: <debian-isp@lists.debian.org>
Sent: Sunday, December 07, 2003 02:05 PM
Subject: Re: duplicating servers - remote backup to HD

On Sat, 2003-12-06 at 14:23, George Georgalis wrote:
On Sat, Dec 06, 2003 at 01:33:32PM -0900, W.D.McKinney wrote:

I'd like to backup a couple of Debian Woody servers remotely to my a
Storage array that I was given recently. The servers are are at a
colo and I nad a xDSL connection provided by the ISP that serves the
Colo so that's good. I am thinking that someone might have an rysnc
script that are using like this ? Is there one available any where ?

Sure, here's what I use for taking an image of a system. If you plan
to restore from your backup don't exclude your hostname, ssh host
keys, etc. You do want to exclude /proc and any NFS etc though. And
don't forget '--numeric-ids' as the specific numbers are referenced in

rsync -av --progress --delete-excluded --numeric-ids \
   --exclude=**/cdrom/* \
   --exclude=**/etc/hostname \
   --exclude=**/etc/mtab \
   --exclude=**/etc/network/interfaces \
   --exclude=**/floppy/* \
   --exclude=**/var/lock/* \
   --exclude=.bash_history \
   --exclude=.viminfo \
   --exclude=/.ssh/id* \
   --exclude=/etc/**/\@* \
   --exclude=/etc/**/current \
   --exclude=/etc/ssh/ssh_host_dsa_key \
   --exclude=/etc/ssh/ssh_host_dsa_key.pub \
   --exclude=/etc/ssh/ssh_host_rsa_key \
   --exclude=/etc/ssh/ssh_host_rsa_key.pub \
   --exclude=/supervise/status \
   --exclude=/tmp/* \
   --exclude=/var/backups/*gz \
   --exclude=/var/log/**/\@* \
   --exclude=/var/log/**/current \
   --exclude=/var/log/dmesg \
   --exclude=/var/run/*pid \
   --exclude=/var/tmp/* \
   --exclude=dhclient.leases \
   --exclude=dhcpd.leases \
   --exclude=known_hosts \
   --exclude=locatedb \
   --exclude=ntp.drift \
   --exclude=proc/* \
   --exclude=random-seed \
   --exclude=utmp \
   --exclude=wtmp \
   $src $dest

you'll need "-essh" and root on both sides to read/create all the
Caveat emperor and you may still have some problems with daemontools
control files being included...

Hi George,

Hey thanks I will try this as well. Good to hear from twice in a week


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