multi-platform dump and restore?

Jerry McAllister jerrymc at
Wed Jul 2 16:01:56 UTC 2008

On Wed, Jul 02, 2008 at 10:59:27AM -0400, Mark B. wrote:

> If I dump on amd64 should I be able to
> extract files from the dump on i386?
> If so, should it be possible to restore a
> FreeBSD amd64 dump on OpenBSD i386?
> Note there is ticket that may be related:
>      bin/67723:
>      restore(8) FreeBSD 5.x restore cannot handle
>      other platforms/Linux(extfs)-dumps anymore
> ref:
> I thought the dump file format was sacrosanct.
> Has there been heresy here?

I am not sure what the heresy is here, but
dump/restore can be sensitive to OS and OS version.
There are many that it cannot cross, but some it can.
The main thing is to check it before depending on it.


> Thanks,
> m
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