[Box Backup] Following Symbolic Links

Ben Summers boxbackup@fluffy.co.uk
Thu, 15 Jun 2006 18:15:57 +0100

On 15 Jun 2006, at 15:12, Peter Porter wrote:

> Is there an option to have Box follow symbolic links, preferably on  
> a per-location basis?  I just realized that a file under /etc is a  
> symbolic link, I need the old version, and I don't have it.

Box Backup backs up directory structures. As such, if it just  
followed symlinks then when you restored you would not get the  
original back again, which is kind of the point of a backup utility.  
And it's the UNIX way, for example, tar requires an explicit option  
to follow symlinks.

It's also an unnecessary feature, especially as adding options  
doubles the amount of testing necessary. Simply add another Location  
for /etc, and you're done.

Finally, after configuring a backup system, it's always wise to  
ensure it's actually doing what you think it is.