On Thu, Jul 03, 2003 at 11:15:14AM +0000, Mark wrote: > Making a daily server backup, using dump (FreeBSD 4.7R), I keep running into > a "softupdates" problem. That is, prior to backing up a partition (/var), I > move a large file (several gigabytes) off that partition. But because of the > "softupdates" effect, the size of that large file is added to the dump-file > size, as if it were still on the partition! > > I have been able to circumvent that, in the past, by waiting a few minutes > before starting the dump (until df reflects the correct size). This is not > really ideal, though, as I disallow outside connections while in backup (so > as not to change the /var partion with log-files being filled and such). Is > there not a command to force 'softupdates' to write out its cache > immediately?
Hmmm... not an answer to the question you asked, but does not: # chflags nodump your-very-large-file in combination with using the '-h 0' flag to dump(8) let you backup the partition without including the file in question? Cheers, Matthew -- Dr Matthew J Seaman MA, D.Phil. 26 The Paddocks Savill Way PGP: http://www.infracaninophile.co.uk/pgpkey Marlow Tel: +44 1628 476614 Bucks., SL7 1TH UK
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