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

From: Alvin Starr
Subject: Re: [rdiff-backup-users] initial rdiff-backup for large repository over Internet (and connection lost)
Date: Thu, 25 Feb 2016 07:43:14 -0500
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This is actually an excellent idea.
I do some support work for a backup company and they regularly do something like this. They have a courier deliver a USB drive to the customer and an "initial backup" copy is put on the drive and this drive is sent back to the company where someone plugs it in and copies the data.

Rdiff onto a USB drive would be a good way to back the system up and 14G of data would fit nicely onto a USB flash drive.

On 02/25/2016 05:34 AM, David Precious wrote:
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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