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Old 02-15-2013, 01:46 AM   #1
Soji Antony
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Dump Frequency fstab


I am trying to understand the fields in /etc/fstab file. I read that the fifth field in /etc/fstab file enable[1] or disable[0] backup for a particular partition using the dump command.

I would like to know where can I schedule this backup?. Like once in a week, every day etc ... Is there any configuration file for doing this?. Also to which location dump command copy these backups?.

Thanking you in advance.
Old 02-15-2013, 03:07 AM   #2
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I consider these fields and tools obsolete. There are better suited tools for backup these days than the dump command. Look up rsync, rdiff-backup, etc.

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Originally Posted by r0b0 View Post
tools for backup these days than the dump command. Look up rsync, rdiff-backup, etc.
I'm still a fan of dump. Without denying the features of other tools there are things it still does best. It copies your filesystem rather than working its way down directory trees and opening every file like the other tools. This means it accurately copies sparse files, it doesn't alter atimes and the index of files is near the start of the dump data so you can consult that without downloading the whole data blob from your cloud storage.


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