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Date:      Mon, 6 Aug 2007 22:51:42 +0700
From:      Victor Sudakov <sudakov@sibptus.tomsk.ru>
To:        freebsd-questions@freebsd.org
Subject:   Re: dump -L
Message-ID:  <20070806155142.GB27829@admin.sibptus.tomsk.ru>
In-Reply-To: <20070806145726.GA64755@gizmo.acns.msu.edu>
References:  <20070724115401.GA1355@admin.sibptus.tomsk.ru> <20070806025614.GA21368@admin.sibptus.tomsk.ru> <20070806145726.GA64755@gizmo.acns.msu.edu>

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Jerry McAllister wrote:
> 
> > Victor Sudakov wrote:
> > > 
> > > I always use "dump -L" to dump a live filesystem.
> > > However, when I restore the dump, I sometimes get messages like 
> > > "foo.txt (inode 12345) not found on tape" or
> > > "expected next file 12345, got 23456" 
> > > 
> > > I thought this should _never_ happen when dumping a snapshot.
> > > 
> > > What is it?
> > 
> > Does nobody know the answer, or am I the only one experiencing the
> > problem?
> > 
> > Here is another example:
> > 
> > [root@big ~] restore -b64 -rN 
> > ./spool/samba.lock/wins.dat: (inode 2829098) not found on tape
> > expected next file 267, got 4
> > expected next file 2828988, got 2828987
> 
> Using 'dump -L' doesn't prevent you or something running on the system
> from deleting a file after the directory has been created and written.

Excuse me? 'dump -L' creates a snapshot which is (or should be) a
frozen copy of the filesystem, and then dumps the snapshot.

> 
> The first thing dump does is create a list of files (including directories)
> to dump.   It creates a list of inodes for the files and then does all
> the dumping from that list of inodes.   If a file is then deleted after
> that inode list is made, then it will not get written to the dump media.

How can a file be deleted from a snapshot?


-- 
Victor Sudakov,  VAS4-RIPE, VAS47-RIPN
sip:sudakov@sibptus.tomsk.ru



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