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Old 04-07-2009, 08:55 AM   #1
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dar on RHEL 4 (trouble making)


I've decided to try dar as a backup solution for my linux machine (after reading something which suggests that tar isn't ideal for ext3 file systems), but I can't find a rpm distribution which fits my RHEL box and using the make seems to generate some errors.

the operation of .configure seems to run well

LIBDAR parameters:
Zlib compression (gzip) : YES
Libbz2 compression (bzip2) : YES
Strong encryption support : YES
New blowfish implementation: YES
Extended Attributes support: YES
Large files support (> 2GB): YES
ext2fs NODUMP flag support : YES
Special allocation scheme : YES
Integer size used : infinint
Thread safe support : YES

DAR SUITE command line programs:
Long options available : YES
Building examples : NO
Building dar_static : YES
using upx at install : NO
building documentation : YES
but when I run make install-strip it seems to be unreadably long in reporting.

any suggestions before I give up and go back to using tar?

Old 04-08-2009, 05:56 PM   #2
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One thing you could do is find out which version of Fedora Core is package compatible with RHEL 4. For example, for SuSE, SLED 10 has many of the same packages & library versions as OpenSUSE 10.1.

Also look in the website and filter your searches to RHEL 4.

I found this these:
But I don't know which architecture you have.

I'm not familiar with the "make install-strip" phase. I've always used "./configure"; "make"; "sudo make install".


If you look at tar, there are options for different formats. One of them might support attributes & security attributes.
I don't know if selinux security attributes would be supported. On my version of tar, the extended attributes are supported but ACLs are not.

There also is the "star" program as well.
Old 04-08-2009, 06:26 PM   #3
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dar is in the epel repo.

[fred@localhost ~]$ yum info dar
Loaded plugins: fastestmirror
Available Packages
Name : dar
Arch : x86_64
Version : 2.3.4
Release : 2.el5
Size : 627 k
Repo : epel
Summary : Software for making/restoring incremental CD/DVD backups
License : GPL
Description: DAR is a command line tool to backup a directory tree and files.
: DAR is able to make differential backups, split them over a set of
: disks or files of a given size, use compression, filter files or
: subtrees to be saved or not saved, directly access and restore
: given files. DAR is also able to handle extented attributes, and
: can make remote backups through an ssh session for example.
: Finally, DAR handles save and restore of hard and symbolic links.


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