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Re: [rdiff-backup-users] initial rdiff-backup for large repository over

From: David Precious
Subject: Re: [rdiff-backup-users] initial rdiff-backup for large repository over Internet (and connection lost)
Date: Thu, 25 Feb 2016 10:34:06 +0000

Hi Nicolas,

On Thu, 25 Feb 2016 08:57:20 +1100
Nicolas <address@hidden> wrote:
> Now /var/www is 14G large and I need to fresh start the backup 
> (destination directory has been deleted).
> What would be proper way to first sync rdiff-backup ?
> Would a previous rsync help, so that only meta-datas would be written
> by rdiff ?

If I remember rightly, what I did when I set up my large backup was use
rdiff-backup to back up to a local rdiff-backup target on a spare drive
(so all data and metadata was there), then sneakernet that to the box
in a datacentre that I wanted to back up to, then future backups over
the Internet to that target worked fine.

For 14G, I'd say you could just do the backup locally on the source
server, assuming you have enough disk space, rsync the whole thing to
the remote box (being able to continue if it's interrupted), then point
rdiff-backup at it afterwards - I'd expect that to work fine.

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