[Box Backup] ExcludeFile command being ignored with Win32 client.

Per Thomsen boxbackup@fluffy.co.uk
Mon, 14 Aug 2006 02:02:21 -0700

On 8/14/06 1:41 AM, Chris Wilson wrote:
> Ben has always said that it makes more sense to reinstall the OS and
> restore the data than to back up the whole OS, but I'm not sure
> whether I agree - the fastest recovery from a disaster would be a
> total restore, as far as I can tell.
Not to rehash old discussions, but the problem with trying to restore
full systems, is that in order to restore a complete system, you need to
have a system from which to restore; a chicken-and-egg thing; you can't
restore a system with Box, unless you have Box installed... There would
be a lot of work involved in getting Box to work like that. It's not
what it's designed for.

If you want to restore a system, you should have two things:

   1. A way to restore the system (OS, etc.). There are many packages
      out there for this (ghosting for Win, Kick-start for Linux, and
      many others I'm sure). They do a great job restoring the OS to a
      given state.
   2. A way to restore the data on the system. This is where Box shines.
      It keeps data up-to-date, and makes it easy to restore.

Philosophically, the Unix adage of 'do one thing and do it well' works
well for me. It's hard to make Box a strong multi-platform
system-restore product, while also keeping the data backup features
working well.

My $0.02,

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