dump(8), incremental backups, Tower of Hanoi sequence, don't get it

Scott Mitchell scott+lists.freebsd at fishballoon.org
Thu Aug 25 09:03:22 GMT 2005

On Wed, Aug 24, 2005 at 02:37:08PM -0700, Danny Howard wrote:
> All this great discussion got me researchinng.  I haven't tried this
> out but it looks like rsnapshot integrates a lot of features like this
> into a single configurable, cronable script.  It is in ports as well.
> A lot of systems make use of cp -al ... well, for us FreeBSD people that
> means gcp from coreutils.
> rsnapshot looks like a lightweight, OS/FS-portable method of building
> rotating filesystem-wide snapshots via hardlinks, but can be made to
> operate on limited sets of directories, etc.  It can create local
> snaphots of remote directories, but not, apparently, remote copies of
> local directories.  One trick I gleaned from
> http://burd.info/gary/2003/03/snapshot-backup-using-rsync-and-ssh.html
> is to invoke rsync with --rsync-path which points to a script which
> performs maintenence functions and then passes off to rsync proper, so
> you could probably set up a client-triggered rsnapshot configuration if
> you were, say, doing backups of a Windows laptop client. :)
> -danny

That sounds pretty cool - probably better than my homebrewed scripts :-)
I will have to check it out.



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