[clug] database backups with git

steve jenkin sjenkin at canb.auug.org.au
Thu Jun 7 21:17:39 MDT 2012

The only caveat is the reliability of the VCS.

If it ever fails or (silently) corrupts data, you've got a problem.

However, this should be a low-probability event.
 - its used daily by its creators/maintainers. They fix fast.
 - its used for kernels to hold large, complex files-sets.

Robert Edwards wrote on 8/06/12 11:46 AM:
> I have been playing with keeping daily text dumps of my database in
> git, in lieu of rotating or date-stamping them. I haven't seen many
> references on the web about people doing this. Is it a good idea or
> no?
> For example, daily PostgreSQL database dumps of a mediawiki site over
> a 3 month period get up over 500MB, but in git, that is reduced to
> around 160MB. Then I can rsync the git repository of the backup file
> to another server a bit faster (most of the hashes are the same, only
> the new ones get to go over the wire).
> Anyone else use a VCS for maintaining snapshots of backup files/logs?
> What is the downside?
> Cheers,
> Bob Edwards.

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