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Re: [rdiff-backup-users] Why using --force while restoring is dangerous?


From: Dominic Raferd
Subject: Re: [rdiff-backup-users] Why using --force while restoring is dangerous?
Date: Wed, 09 Feb 2011 13:32:48 +0000
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My reading is that using --force on a restore will overwrite existing files with the same name - so you may lose previous data at the restore destination. In general if you are restoring a directory (or a complete repository) it is logical to use a clean destination, in which case it shouldn't be a problem.

Anyone know different?

Dominic

On 09/02/2011 12:40, Filip Gruszczyński wrote:
I have read in manual, that --force can be dangerous, when restoring
files from backup. I am using --force, when calling rdiff-backup in my
filesystem to restore a file. I can't yet remove it, because otherwise
it fails to restore file. Is it really dangerous or maybe I can keep
it?





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