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[rdiff-backup-users] other thoughts and questions

From: Andrew K. Bressen
Subject: [rdiff-backup-users] other thoughts and questions
Date: Sat, 28 Jun 2003 15:13:11 -0400
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As long as I'm making a pest of myself, 
a few thoughts, notes, and questions. 

1) I do sometimes still get the AF_UNIX socket path too long errors;
I think it happens when I backup a socket for the first time. 
I'm running 0.11.4 on both sides, debian linux, 2.4.20 kernel, 
ext2 filesystem. 

2) the man page notes that the windows option excludes device files. 
does this mean that one could not currently use a windows box
as a backup server for a unix/linux system and expect to be able
to backup and then restore /dev? (not that I want to, just curious). 

3) a dry-run option, noting what the program would do,
without actually changing any files on disk, would be nice. 

4) is there a way to tell how much space a given increment takes?
It'd be nice to be able to manage backups by how much space I have
for increments instead of by time. 

5) I assume rdiff-backup stores an mv of a file as a delete and a create?
5A) is there a way to remove one file from all increments?
(application: I mv/gzip/etc a really big file. I want to avoid
having umpteen versions of that one file eating backup server space,
but I still want to be able to go back in time for other files). 


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