best practices: automatic backups of .tdb files with samba 3.0?

Steve Langasek vorlon at
Mon Nov 21 11:07:50 GMT 2005

Hi folks,

Andrew Bartlett recently brought it to my attention that in Samba 3.0, tdbs
are not journalled databases, with the consequence that a server failure
(say, power loss) can result in tdb corruption.  Since hardware failures are
a fact of life, should we in Debian be automatically backing up the important
.tdbs on a regular basis?  What are the best practices of other distributors
in this area?

Steve Langasek                   Give me a lever long enough and a Free OS
Debian Developer                   to set it on, and I can move the world.
vorlon at                         
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