Subject: Re: Tape Backups -- tar vs. dump
To: Frederick Bruckman <>
From: Wojciech Puchar <>
List: netbsd-users
Date: 01/02/2001 22:26:46
> > > "no-rewind" tape device, and say they'd rather use three tapes to
> > > backup three partitions. That's because if anyone ejects the tape
> > > between backups, game over; the next backup is going to the beginning.
> > what a problem?
> > use rewinding device but position tape to needed filenumber just before
> > each backup.
> It's idiot-proof if you do all the dumps at once.
yes. i wasn't understand well and compared to my situation where i'm
doing incremental backups every day but no need to change tape every day.
> We have one system here that backs up a database to tape every week,
> automatically. The tech is just supposed to check the log to see if
> the backup was done, but some of the more conscientious ones eject the
> tape to write the date on it and then put it back in. How many
> back-ups do you suppose are on that tape?
> -- 
> Frederick