[rescue] Oracle making just a little harder to keep old machines in use
mouse at Rodents-Montreal.ORG
Wed Jul 7 07:13:17 CDT 2010
> Dump actually tries very hard to create output that's logically
> self-consistent. I've run it on live filesystems for 25 years and
> have yet to come across an image that I can't restore. Of course, I
> can hardly claim to have attempted every possible case, so perhaps
> there were some and I just didn't happen to try to use them.
See Elizabeth Zwicky's paper on torture-testing backup programs. (I
actually expect rsk already knows about this, but much of the rest of
the list may not.)
>>> What I'll argue that we (FSVO "we") need is a portable version of
>>> dump that runs on the appropriate set of [OSes/FSes]
>> The problem of producing a portable dump format isn't trivial.
> Strongly agreed.
More strong agreement from me - especially since all the dump formats
I've seen are pretty wedded to basically Unixoid filesystem concepts.
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