> Date: Tue, 16 Jul 2002 14:49:56 +0200
> From: Stelian Pop <email@example.com>
> To: Gerhard Mack <firstname.lastname@example.org>
> Cc: Mathieu Chouquet-Stringer <email@example.com>,
> Subject: Re: [ANNOUNCE] Ext3 vs Reiserfs benchmarks
> On Tue, Jul 16, 2002 at 08:22:53AM -0400, Gerhard Mack wrote:
> > > This needs to be "according to Linus, dump is deprecated". Given the
> > > interest Linus has manifested for backups, I wouldn't really rely on
> > > his statement :-)
> > Either way dump is not likely to give you a reliable backup when used
> > with a 2.4.x kernel.
> Since you are so well informed, maybe you could share your knowledge
> with us.
> I'm the dump maintainer, so I'll be very interested in knowing how
> comes that dump works for me and many other users... :-)
I'll save myself the trouble when Linus said it better than I could:
Note that dump simply won't work reliably at all even in
2.4.x: the buffer cache and the page cache (where all the
actual data is) are not coherent. This is only going to
get even worse in 2.5.x, when the directories are moved
into the page cache as well.
So anybody who depends on "dump" getting backups right is
already playing russian rulette with their backups. It's
not at all guaranteed to get the right results - you may
end up having stale data in the buffer cache that ends up
being "backed up".
In other words you have a backup system that works some of the time or
even most of the time... brilliant!
-- Gerhard Mack
<>< As a computer I find your faith in technology amusing.
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