'nodump' on directories: new contents still dumped

John Nielsen lists at jnielsen.net
Thu Mar 15 18:37:37 UTC 2007

On Thursday 15 March 2007 13:57, Bram Schoenmakers wrote:
> I'm using dump(8) for backing up a FreeBSD 4.10 server. In order to
> decrease the resulting file size, I flagged some directories like
> /usr/ports and /usr/src with 'nodump'. I adjusted the dump level 0 script
> to have -h 0, so that worked fine. The other scripts for dumps >0 do not
> have a -h flag set, because -h 1 is default.
> The problem is that new files appearing in the /usr/ports tree (daily
> portsnap cron) do not have the 'nodump' flag set. But despite the 'nodump'
> flag on the /usr/ports directory, the new files in the tree are still
> dumped.
> I understood that dump does not enter directories with 'nodump' flag set,
> so it shouldn't see the new files inside, right? Or is this behavior
> implemented in a newer version than FreeBSD 4.10? I have scanned the CVS
> logs for dump, but couldn't find anything relevant.

Read the dump manpage more carefully, and pay particular attention to the -h 
flag. You probably want '-h0'.


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