On Tue, Jan 27, 2009 at 04:30:54PM -0600, Martin McCormick wrote: > Several months ago, I started using dar to backup a > number of FreeBSD and Linux systems to one FreeBSD box. It > worked fine once one got the syntax of the remote commands > working, but then it all died when I moved it to a new > FreeBSD6.3 system. > > If I can't figure out what is wrong or whether it is > worth fixing, I am going to have to find some other archiver so > we can get good backups and trust them to be easily restored.
Depends on _what you want to back up. For backing up FreeBSD system files, use dump(8). My machines have separate partitions for /, /usr and /var. These are all backed-up by making dumps. For backing up user data, like /home, I prefer rsync. If my machine breaks, I can restore the system from dumps using nothing but a boot CD and the dumps. (to get / and all ports back up and running), and then use rsync to restore the user data. > What we plan to do is backup a bunch of Unix systems to > one FreeBSD box and then use a commercial package to back that > box up to an enterprise-wide system we use. The archiver we need > must be able to make 1 full backup of each system like tar and > then incrementals until we are ready for another full backup. > > Any suggestions as to what is best? Use the OS's native dump(8) command to back up the system partitions. It's the best way to do a bare metal recovery. For the rest, use rsync(1). Roland -- R.F.Smith http://www.xs4all.nl/~rsmith/ [plain text _non-HTML_ PGP/GnuPG encrypted/signed email much appreciated] pgp: 1A2B 477F 9970 BA3C 2914 B7CE 1277 EFB0 C321 A725 (KeyID: C321A725)
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