[ltp] the purpose or advantage of suspend and hibernation

Michael Chase-Salerno linux-thinkpad@linux-thinkpad.org
Fri, 21 Nov 2003 15:06:09 -0500

On Fri, 2003-11-21 at 13:00, Theodore Ts'o wrote:
> I know you were being snide and sarcastic, but a really good thing to
> consider doing is to set up your laptop to automatically figure out
> when it's on your home LAN (possibly by looking at its ip address, or
> probing to see if your home raid-based fileserver's MAC address is
> available on the ethernet), and automatically doing an rsync to backup
> your notebook files if it is left on at 2am in the morning when at
> home.
> Otherwise, backups never get done, and when your notebook hard drive
> dies (notebook drives are less reliable than server or drives meant
> for the desktop), you won't be sorry....
> 						- Ted

One thing to watch out for if you're doing this is that it can destroy a
good backup when the machine that's being backed up has been corrupted.

It might be prudent to add a cron job on the server that keeps the last
3 or so backups under different names. That way you can only destroy the
latest backup with a bad machine.

Michael Chase-Salerno           bratac@us.ibm.com
IBM Linux Technology Center     Poughkeepsie, NY 
Advanced Linux Response Team	http://www.ibm.com/linux