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Date:      Wed, 24 Jun 1998 21:25:20 -0700 (PDT)
From:      Doug White <>
Cc:        freebsd-questions@FreeBSD.ORG
Subject:   Re: probably foolish question
Message-ID:  <>
In-Reply-To: <000201bd9f10$b8de2020$>

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On Tue, 23 Jun 1998, Stacey Jenkins wrote:

> 	I work at a mid-size ISP in the Las Vegas area.  As we've been
> upgrading, we're replacing our webserver with a couple of UltraSPARCs,
> but are leaving mail on one of our existing Linux boxes, and using the
> second as a backup.  Here's where things get interesting.  The backup
> server is being used as an administration server for our Sun boxes (thru
> xhost).  While copying some files, we lost power and the admin/backup
> server's file structure got pretty messed up.  When I tried to reinstall
> the original OS (a combination of Caldera-xwindows and RedHat-everything
> else, with Kernel being Linux 1.2.13) and run the backup tape, it
> couldn't set up a ram drive from the startup disks and the whole thing
> was screwed. 


> 	We put FreeBSD on it, just so we could set up the admin server,
> and let it go at that.  Unfortunately, this means that for now, we have
> no backup mail server, a very bad thing.  My question for you is this,
> could we run the information on the 4gig backup tape under FreeBSD?  Is
> the file structure similar enough?  Could the BSD kernel support the
> Linux sendmail? 

What tool did you use to back up the data?  If you used tar it's probably
recoverable, if you used dump I'm not so sure.

> 	I understand that this may seem naive, and the answer is
> probably a simple NO, but I've got to ask.  The alternative is to try
> and track down someone who has a copy of the same Linux Kernel (a tough
> task as the supplier of our server is now out of business). 

It wouldn't be related to the kernel itself, it's tied to the backup tool

Doug White                              | University of Oregon  
Internet:    | Residence Networking Assistant    | Computer Science Major

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