[ltp] the purpose or advantage of suspend and hibernation

James McKenzie linux-thinkpad@linux-thinkpad.org
Sat, 22 Nov 2003 19:49:07 -0700


I seond that.  I worked at a government site that provided centralized 
backup services for a nationwide service.  We found that backups were 
run after a daily updates were run.  Once, one of the site's daily 
updates 'ate' all of the data and the backup was bad.  Unfortunately, we 
had to get original data and then run a full update which took several 
days.  I've had the same problem with my home system.  Now, I have 
several backup tapes and also keep several FULL  backups on my external 
USB drive which I hookup to my laptop.  And the government agency keeps 
at least two backups of each site and up to four backups of some of the 

James McKenzie

Michael Chase-Salerno wrote:

>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
>>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.