On 2/14/08, Rhet Turnbull <[EMAIL PROTECTED]> wrote:
> > Curious, why is this bad?
> 1. Backup...the entire DB file (mine is hundreds of MB) needs to be
> backed up. I backup everyday, both to external drive and offsite.
> That means the large Yojimbo file needs to be backed up every day,
> taking up unnecessary bandwidth and disk space.
> 2. Data integrity...if the database file gets corrupted, you could
> lose all your data instead of only 1 item. The Yojimbo competitor
> Together (http://reinventedsoftware.com/together/) does it this way,
> storing each record in a separate file.
It also, I would assume, is why .Mac fails to sync Yojimbo so often.
Instead of syncing 1,000 small files, it is trying to sync one
monolithic DB. I can't get it to work with .Mac or SyncTogether's
> Contrast the way that Microsoft Outlook (not sure about Entourage) and
> Mail.app store mail messages. Outlook puts everything in a single
> database file. Mail.app stores each message in a separate file (but
> utilizes a database file for indexing). I have 3GB of email which
> means that Outlook would require backing up a 3GB file wheres for
> Mail.app, I only need to backup the new message files and the small
> index file.
Um... are you sure about Outlook? I know it didn't used to be that
way, as I would routinely have to make sure that the Outlook PST
stayed below 2gb.
Entourage doesn't store a single email per file. It too uses the same
Huge Database Concept.
> > Hmmm, I would always be skeptical of a backup solution that runs
> > on live data.
> I would never use a backup solution that didn't run on live data.
> Thankfully the days of "they system is down for backup" are long gone.
> Whether I use Time Machine or I use Super Duper or Chronosync or
> something else, I'm certainly not about to take my machine offline or
> logout to do the backup.
I certainly wouldn't be using Yojimbo or any other DB app while
SuperDuper et al are running. Sure it might not throw an error but
you still risk problems.
I run SuperDuper at night when I go to bed and then have it
shutdown/sleep the computer. I quit all my running apps except SD!
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