Re: Backup systems: opinions wanted
I use bru 2000 and I am _very_ happy with it.
I also us cpio to copy my whole filesystem(/) to a different partition
(/snapshot) to have a online read-only backup of files.
You could get by with cpio but I like the tape verify and features of bru
2000. Take a look at www.estinc.com
On 3 Dec 1997, Manoj Srivastava wrote:
> How do people backup their machines? What packages do you use?
> How do the backends (dd, dump/restore tar afio/cpio) compare wrt
> reliability/ease of use? [dd is just for completeness.] I would like
> a full backup, so I guess tar is out as a backend (can't handle
> special files). I guess I would like to hear abot dump vs afio.
> Tar | cpio / afio
> can't handle special files. |may get confused with multiple
> |hard links.
> One copy of hard-linked files, but |Many copies of hardlinked files,
> can retrieve file using that one |but can be restored using any
> name only. |of the names
> Uses checksums. |No checksums
> stops at first sign of corruption | Skips over corrupted area
> Blocked to start on a record |
> boundary |
> headers always 512 bytes |Efficient use of space for headers
> The last time I dealt with backups, I was backing up 30
> machines remotely to a tape drive like the moster ones in all the
> 70's movies, using a mess of home grown scripts and dump/restore.
> I'd rather not have to re-write the scripts (haven't things
> gotten easier in the last decade?), so I'm now looking for backup
> solutions where I don't have to write the scripts. I have come up
> with the following (based entirely on the descriptions)
> Amanda: Powerful. Reassuringly, it seems to use dump/restore, which I
> understand. Knows which tape and where on the tape to look
> for to restore a file (I like that). Cons: Overkill for a
> single machine.
> afbackup: Again, client server, which I don't need; says it should be
> easy to use on just one machine. goes to end of tape
> automatically. Hmm. tape marks written (I assume that's
> what the description is trying to say). No idea what the
> backend is -- afio?
> dump: An old friend. I used to do tower of hanoi backups -- has
> dump levels, is integrated in (even fstab format caters to
> dump/restore). Requires book keeping. Reliability of Linux
> tob: tar/afio. full/differential/incremental backups, determines
> size beforehand
> floppybackup: Well, I have a tape.
> taper: selection using mouseless commander? recursively selected
> dirs are supported? This does not sound like what I need to
> backup several *partitions*.
> "When the going gets weird, the weird turn pro..." Dr. Hunter
> S. Thompson
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