[clug] Neat Backup Solutions for desktops...

Andrew Janke a.janke at gmail.com
Tue Dec 8 17:03:42 MST 2009

On Wed, Dec 9, 2009 at 10:33, Alex Satrapa <grail at goldweb.com.au> wrote:
> and then discover that in the intervening five years manufacturers have abandoned your
> tape drive's particular interface (eg: SCSI II) for the latest & greatest (FireWire or
> FibreChannel or …).


And since we are swapping war stories:

It was for this reason that I once spent about 2 weeks reverse
engineering a read only linux driver for a SCSI based 512MB MO drive
backup system for an ageing NMR spectrometer that 'sploded itself.  Of
course when I arrived there was no other system that could read them
as Bruker has dumped bfs (Bruker file system) and shifted to an SGI
Indy based platform. Years later they finally shifted to linux but I

The main HDD of this 19" rackmount/backplane type system was a 'huge'
2GB and enormous and loud. At the time the boffins at Bruker (a german
MRI/NMR manufacturer) decided that there was no filesystem around good
enough to handle big MRI/NMR files so they wrote their own.... :)

Ah, fun times. <twitch>

> at which point we discovered that certain dependencies had crept in such as the
> DNS server relying on the LDAP server for authentication, while the LDAP server
> was depending on the DNS server for various reasons - neither machine would boot
> without the other one already running.

Guffaw!  sort of like NFS "mounts of doom" that depend on each other
(I have seen it done...).

Andrew Janke
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