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[#] Mon Sep 28 2009 09:53:47 EDT from IGnatius T Foobar @ Uncensored

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Yes, I still do tape backups, because I have a relatively small amount of data. All of the important stuff on my public server (such as Citadel data) is rsync'ed nightly to my home server, which is then backed up to tape.

I haven't yet decided what to do with my home videos. They won't fit on tape. And my photo library is on the verge of getting too big as well.

That having been said, though, I'm probably going to switch back to my old server hardware. This one has just got too many problems. Not just the tape issue, but one of the drive bays seems to be wonky (a disk problem went away when I moved it to another bay), and this morning the whole damn thing just locked up completely. It wouldn't accept my FXO card, so I had to move to an outboard analog gateway for the phone connection, and I've never been able to boot any type of removable media (the installation was done by bit-copying my boot drive from the previous machine).

It was free hardware, and better than what I had, but I really want my home server to just do its job and get out of my way, so all of this extra maintenance really misses the point.

[#] Mon Sep 28 2009 10:35:36 EDT from Freakdog @ Dog Pound BBS II

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Interesting that you're using gzip on a tape instead of whatever native compression may live in the tape drive's firmware. Could it be that the gzip piece is munging things up?

[#] Mon Sep 28 2009 10:51:09 EDT from IGnatius T Foobar @ Uncensored

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I wasn't even aware that there was such a thing.

Ok, so I did a quick Google search, and it seems that my "mt" doesn't know about the command to toggle or query compression.

In any case, I don't see why applying two layers of compression would create a corrupt data stream, even if it were suboptimal.

[#] Mon Sep 28 2009 11:04:34 EDT from Freakdog @ Dog Pound BBS II

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How about tctl?

[#] Mon Sep 28 2009 11:29:18 EDT from LoanShark @ Uncensored

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Sep 28 2009 8:01am from skpacman @uncnsrd
tape is long-term storage if you know what you're doing. hard drive failure

rate is much higher than tape-backup.

I don't buy that. We're talking about an external hdd that spends most of its lifespan powered down.

[#] Mon Sep 28 2009 13:19:28 EDT from IGnatius T Foobar @ Uncensored

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I would imagine that frequent power ups and power downs would reduce the lifespan of a disk drive, due to thermal expansion and contraction.

I've got a Biggie(tm) disk (got it off the dollar menu at Wendy's, dontcha know) that I had originally bought for my old TiVo. With a proper USB enclosure it would make a decent backup drive.

[#] Mon Sep 28 2009 14:34:05 EDT from skpacman @ Uncensored

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Mon Sep 28 2009 11:29:18 AM EDT from LoanShark @ Uncensored  

I don't buy that. We're talking about an external hdd that spends most of its lifespan powered down.

"external" changes the situation.

an external hdd, depending on data stream (usb, firewire, network, etc), power source (battery, ac adapter, usb cable, etc) and uptime, will be more reliable and often faster than tape or internal hdd. I've seen some external raid setups from BigCompany(tm) for $Expensive.00 that'll be a bit overkill for home server use but if you want extreme reliability and integrity go ahead.

I'll look it up and let you know.. im not a big fan of tape-backup either.

[#] Mon Sep 28 2009 14:35:54 EDT from IGnatius T Foobar @ Uncensored

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I've got a USB-IDE enclosure on hand, but it's got a Genesys GL811E chipset.
It's toasted two drives already, and someone mentioned once that that chipset is known to cause permanent hardware damage, but I'm trying to look it up now and can't seem to find any references.

[#] Mon Sep 28 2009 14:36:39 EDT from skpacman @ Uncensored

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check that out for backups

might save you some time

[#] Tue Sep 29 2009 04:23:02 EDT from dothebart @ Uncensored

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I collected bad experiences with backing up with the kernel on the local side. I since then prefer to have another box managing the filesystem than the one i'm backing up


[#] Tue Sep 29 2009 17:43:59 EDT from IGnatius T Foobar @ Uncensored

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"rsync -xva" does wonders ... the "-x" flag tells it not to cross filesystems, so it won't try to back up stuff like /proc

The new server went in last night ... a replacement for the replacement.
It's working nicely, and it even has a hardware RAID card, so if I lose a disk it's just a matter of tossing a new one in. But as I've said many times before, disaster recovery and backup are two different issues.

I might just throw more disks into my home server and my Internet server, and back them up to each other.

[#] Sun Oct 04 2009 19:02:54 EDT from the_mgt @ Uncensored

Subject: All new and shiny ebuilds are ready and gone into sunrise

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I reworked, polished and carefully adjusted the gentoo ebuilds and they were accepted into the sunrise overlay.

They have to be pushed into the reviewed tree, only after that will sunrise users be able to see them locally. But that is now just a matter of time, will happen the next days.

For the not-so-patient people there is still a tarball on

Please spread the news and try them while they are still hot! ;)

[#] Mon Oct 05 2009 17:43:26 EDT from the_mgt @ Uncensored

Subject: automatically shutting down winXP HOME remotely

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at work, we have two computers (one linux, one xp HOME) hooked on an UPS, but only the linux server has direct contact to the ups. so, when the lights go out and the linux cleanly shuts down, the xp HOME computer doesnt get notified to shut down properly. easy, i thought, just "net rpc shutdown -f -I ipaddress -U admin%pass" the sucker and off he goes, but no, doesnt work. WERR_OK is the error i get...

then i thought, well, lets use good old telnet, at least HOME comes with a telnet server. but no, admin is not allowed to telnet to the box, because he is not in TelnetClients group, which does not even exist on this machine....

so, someone saved a few bucks with buying a cheaper XP and now i am wasting time (and therefore their money) with finding a solution for the simple task of automatically shutting down winXP HOME remotely

anybody got a solution or a hint?

[#] Mon Oct 05 2009 19:58:13 EDT from Animal @ Uncensored

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unplug the fucker?

[#] Mon Oct 05 2009 20:29:05 EDT from Ford II @ Uncensored

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Speaking of fucker, is there a single program for linux that burns DVDs even slightly reliably?
Preferably, I wanna try burning at slow speeds. Suggestions?

[#] Mon Oct 05 2009 22:52:41 EDT from LoanShark @ Uncensored

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Oct 5 2009 7:58pm from Animal @uncnsrd
unplug the fucker?

Nuke the offending machine from orbit?

[#] Mon Oct 05 2009 22:54:32 EDT from LoanShark @ Uncensored

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Oh, hey JONG. Since this is the Linux room and you're asking a WinXP question. Post nekkid pics of your gf and we will give you the answer. Or not.

[#] Tue Oct 06 2009 02:33:57 EDT from dothebart @ Uncensored

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install the cygwin ssh service.

[#] Tue Oct 06 2009 06:38:23 EDT from Stefan @ Uncensored

Subject: dvd burning tool

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Mon Oct 05 2009 08:29:05 PM EDT from Ford II @ Uncensored
Speaking of fucker, is there a single program for linux that burns DVDs even slightly reliably?
Preferably, I wanna try burning at slow speeds. Suggestions?

I always had good experience with growisofs, but I think that most distros replaced it with wodim. So you might try that as well.

I'm not sure, but I mean that the dvd+rw-tools are shipped with dvdrecord these days. So that maybe an other alternative.

[#] Tue Oct 06 2009 10:10:05 EDT from Ford II @ Uncensored

Subject: Re: dvd burning tool

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thanks I'll try.

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