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Date:      Wed, 16 May 2007 13:38:13 -0500
From:      Paul Schmehl <>
To:        FreeBSD Questions <>
Subject:   Best remote backup method?
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I'm presently backing up two servers in a remote location to a usb drive=20
located elsewhere by using rsync over ssh (all three are FreeBSD boxes.)=20
After the recent discussion about dump, I'm wondering if I would gain=20
anything by using dump rather than rsync.  Has anyone used both?  Any=20
thoughts as to which is "better" and why?

The rsync command I use is:
rsync -avz ${LOCALDIR} -e "ssh -i ${KEY}" ${REMOTEHOST}:${REMOTEDIR}

Paul Schmehl (
Senior Information Security Analyst
The University of Texas at Dallas


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