Newbye question

jw schultz jw at
Fri Feb 7 00:11:47 EST 2003

On Thu, Feb 06, 2003 at 01:52:52PM +0100, Samuele Brignoli wrote:
> Hi all,
> I've purchase a brand new webserver at, discovering that they
> don't provide any tool for backing up my server. I' ve purchased a secondary
> hard drive, and now I would do some scripts with rsync to maintain at least
> a backed-up
> copy of my major data files, configuration, etc. I've read the man page,
> that's quite clear to me. I would know if you have any suggestions to
> follow, or maybe some pre-tuned scripts to backup. My machine is a Redhat
> 7.3 HP Server. I've got mail ( sendmail ) web sites, Coldfusion appserver,
> Postgresql, analog web analyzer, Zope.
> Can you send my in some right direction ? Thanks in advance.

At least you recognize the need.  I just today spoke with
someone who is trying to recover his site when his
host/ISP's production server died after the backup server
had been dead for some time.  He _thought_ he had backups.

There are a number of ways you can do this.  Mike Rubel has
a decent and simple approach in the resources area of the
rsync web site, There is an rlbackup system (disclaimer:
i've not looked at it) out there, I've a system called
dirvish (http:/, and i'm sure there
are others.

I would not recommend relying on backups to a second hard
drive on the same server.  The best is to do backups to
another server at a different location.

	J.W. Schultz            Pegasystems Technologies
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