On Apr 26, 2008, at 3:38 PM, David N wrote:

We used to use RSnapshot http://www.rsnapshot.org/ to backup to an
external disk, its a great tool that also does incremental via hard
links which is a plus.


Just after I posted, I started thinking about rsync. I hadn't known about rsync's hard link feature.

So once I saw that, the trail did lead me to rsnapshot. The only thing I don't like about it is the security hole it demands of remote machines to be able to back up to them.

so to recover, you have to reinstall the base OS
and rsync the files back to get it up and running again.

I'd be happy with that.

It may have problems locking active files, I've never tested it with a DB before.

I can also take a DB snapshot before running the dump.

But since then, we've moved to bacula.

Bacula does look impressive. I'll probably get there some day. If I can deal with the security issue for the remote back-up this will be a perfect solution. If I can't I won't do remote back-up on the machine that is awkward to reach, I'll just have to re-arrange things.

Thanks.

-j


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Jeffrey Goldberg                        http://www.goldmark.org/jeff/

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