Re: "[...] I already had 10GB of data that would have taken a long time to back up."
Posted by: Anonymous
on March 15, 2008 06:34 PM
I use rsync for mine at work; I keep 14 days of "snapshots" shared and read-only on the network. The "shapshots" are fairly low-impact because rsync has the ability to compare to a baseline dir and make symlinks where files are unchanged. I had to explain that one in great detail to a boss who, when I started sharing the backups on the network, thought we could use all that space I was filling up by "copying the same thing over and over" to do useful things. Turns out that we wouldn't have had enough storage space amongst all our combined hard drive space to do 14 days worth of snapshots...I'd include my Ruby script here--it's pretty simple--but Linux.com doesn't allow HTML formatting in their comments. Bummer. :-(