[PLUG] What are the most viable backup options for linux

Shridhar Daithankar ghodechhap at ghodechhap.net
Fri Jul 23 06:52:57 IST 2010

On Thursday 22 July 2010 10:56:32 Abhijit Bhopatkar wrote:
> On Thursday 22 July 2010 08:59 AM, Shridhar Daithankar wrote:
> > On Wednesday 21 July 2010 16:07:07 Chaitannya Mahatme wrote:
> >> @Sudhanwa Jogalekar : Well now Ubuntu has been my only OS for months
> >> now, considering Madriva is a remote possibility.
> > 
> > You could use btrfs snapshots on the backup disk. That handles
> > incremental part of it. Rest is just copy/tar/rsync etc.
> I would advise against that. BTRFS is far from done or even ready for
> production. Especially when the disk starts getting full btrfs is almost
> certainly fail.

btrfs is my backup disk although its anywhere but full, 20G/80G but I believe 
the ENOSPC hanlding is quite improved recently and the corner cases continue 
to be fixed.

> Wait a year or two for using this FS on real important data (need to
> back up a data should mean you are not to put it on btrfs :) )

while wait is a cautious strategy, it is stable otherwise. there are no 
crashes and dataloss and data checksumming is awsome feature. :)


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