> Also, dump/restore allows you to use snapshots on a live filesystem (I would > test it properly on a large FS with heavy activity).
But it's worth pointing out that this is fully possibly with any backup tool - just run mksnap_ffs and backup a mounted snapshot. I do this with rdiff-backup for example. > Now, if you are worried about "backing up the whole filesystem"...well, just > tell dump not to dump it :) > > man chflags (in particular, the nodump flag) > man dump (in particular, -h ) The problem with this is for me two-fold: (1) It's a global property. I can't take different backups that include/exclude different things. (2) I can't easily express "backup /usr/var/db/my-important-database" without seting "nodump" on a bunch of stuff except that. In other words, I want exclude by default, while dump and the chflags system provides include by default. That said I do like dump's integration with snapshots and overall coherent feeling. If backup diskspace and bandwidth was not a concern I'd use it. -- / Peter Schuller PGP userID: 0xE9758B7D or 'Peter Schuller <[EMAIL PROTECTED]>' Key retrieval: Send an E-Mail to [EMAIL PROTECTED] E-Mail: [EMAIL PROTECTED] Web: http://www.scode.org
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