[Box Backup] Production use

Eduardo Alvarenga boxbackup@fluffy.co.uk
Tue, 27 Jan 2004 12:51:59 -0300 (BRT)

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On Tue, 27 Jan 2004, Ben Summers wrote:

> >> notice changes, as long as those changes were made a configurable
> >> time ago. Future versions will allow a snapshot based approach in
> >> addition to this behaviour, but for now, you have to be aware that
> >> what you restore is not going to be what was on the disc at a
> >> particular moment in time (if you see what I mean). But you will
> >> have all your data backed up in a timely manner.
> >
> >  Is there any workaround to make weekly-{directory,files} backup? I
> >  mean, a directory for each day-of-{week,month} where the files
> >  (encrypted or not) are stored?
> Not really, without loosing all the efficiency gains. As it's so
> completely against the basic design, it's not really worth thinking
> about.
> >
> >  This is confortable (at least for me) to retrieve any file revision
> >  from the last week very easily.
> This is what you can do now to view and retrieve an old version:

 That's awesome ;-). It really DO suit my needs.=20
> What I'm planning to do is to be able to do a "show snapshots"
> command, which lists all the snapshots on the server, then a "select
> snapshot", and then all the queries and restores you do relate to
> that.
> The design is there, and it's all built to do this, just a matter of =20
> implementing that last bit of code which actually does the magic!

 Well, a snapshot-based option will be very pleased on full system=20
 emergency recoveries. Normally i'll be using it when the data is lost=20
 or the client hard disk fails.

> >> Regex exclusion isn't done yet, but is not a big job. If you wanted to
> >> use this seriously, then I'll put it in as a priority item.
> >
> >  Yes, this is serious. Many large temporary files may not be backuped.
> >  So exclusions based on regex are very welcome. If you mind... please
> >  keed it priority #1.
> Not a problem. It's now next on the list!

 Okay, when regex is ok i'll start installing boxbackup...

> >> However, I am working hard to get to a stage where I can recommend
> >> it's use. It would help me enormously if you would consider running
> >> it in parallel with your existing backup systems, and let me know
> >> how it works out.
> >
> >  Our backup system as noticed in the last message is poor. The current
> >  backup machine is getting it's resources exausted and I'm going to
> >  exchange it by this new one (more disk, more speed, more reliable). So
> >  I'm looking for a better tool then ours. I'm seriously thinking about
> >  boxbackup, for real.
> >
> >  All I need to make it blow here: Regex exclusion and {daily,weekly}
> >  based backup structure; as explained above.
> Splendid. How long have I got? :-)

 Hm... not so much time. Actually I'm just waiting for our developers to=20
 commit their changes our CVS/Backup server to migrate information to=20
 the new system. It should not take more than 2-3 days.

 Best Regards,

 Eduardo A. Alvarenga=20
 Analista de Suporte
 Centro Estrat=E9gico Integrado / SEGUP-PA
 (91) 259-0555 / 8116-0036

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