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Old 5th December 2010
acottag acottag is offline
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Progress Report 3/Dec/2010

.I could not get dump command to use special devices, like wd0a and sd0a, yet; so, in order to make a system backup I had to use dump with -f option and files-to-dump, i.e, by specifying directories and file names.

.For the previous reason, dump doesn't fit very well when it's necessary to exclude directories and files from the backup being done. Beside that, dump is quite tape oriented, as a great number of options relate to manipulating tape media.

.As an alternative, I believe dar - Disk ARchiver is a better solution, when doing disk based backups: it's supposed to be used with disks, not with tape media; it supports incremental backups, as dump; it provides proper options for including and/or excluding directories and files.

.At this moment, I am trying to build a bootable cdrom that shoul provide # dar, using command # mklivecd; I believe this makes sense, for the situation which there is not a bootable NetBSD installation on the machine to restore (the worst case).

All the best.

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