[Server-devel] easy backup solution for Linux?

Aaron Huslage huslage at gmail.com
Tue Mar 18 23:33:51 EDT 2008

On Tue, Mar 18, 2008 at 8:24 PM, Bryan Berry <bryan at olenepal.org> wrote:

> > I would like to minimize, if not eliminate, such local customizations...
> >
> > This is still an open technical argument.   Comments ?
> Our XS setup will probably differ significantly from that in Birmingham
> or Uruguay since we will not have Squid or Dansguardian running on the
> XS. We intend for our XS installations to be roughly identical in terms
> of configuration but our XS installations will likely be very different
> from other countries.
> "One-size" does not fit all when it comes to the XS, in my opinion.

Just because you don't need Squid or Dansguardian does not necessarily mean
that you can't use the same distro. In fact, it isn't really a driving

> Also, different countries will use different hardware. In Nepal, it is
> difficult for us to order a particular brand of server and configuration
> due to customs issues. We would love to use a custom hardware solution
> like the one Wad has in mind, however we can't use it until it is ready
> *and* falls into our price range, including customs duties.

I disagree with this on one fundamental thing. We can create a Linux distro
that can run on just about any hardware that is remotely standard. This has
been done many times. The issue then becomes size of distro vs. benefit to
keeping "cruft" in it.

Custom hardware would obviously only be useful if it was a benefit to those
who would buy it. I imagine that discussion is ongoing within the
organization, but I'm a noob and don't know how this place works yet ;)

> > OS + config info + system state (ejabberd database, user database &
> > info) <=> school server
> This could all be backed up to a livecd or usb key w/ Mondo archive,
> very easily. Or,
> OS + Config Info => LiveCD w/ Mondo

> system state + Library => rsync or rdiffbackup

These look like very decent options and are being done all over the place.
Check out my other email responding to Wad for another, more disruptive,

Have you used these in your current testing? What are your results so far?
What would help beyond an organizational decision in getting your backup
solution in place?

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