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Tue, 02 Dec 2008

Dear Lazyweb,

after my call for help when searching a backup solution for kind of special needs, I got a lot of feedback. Actually: I got more feedback than I'll be able to answer ;)

So I take this way to thank you for all the hints, proposals and scripts!

Special thanks to Bubulle for insisted me on using bacula and to Wouter for pointing out, that the default configuration will back up it's database automatically.

Works like a charm and it was some fun to install it, play with it, test it. Oh, and I even understood how to restore files from the backup ;)

postet at 22:41 into [Debian] permanent link

release critical bug stats

For those wondering about the statistics about the statistics about the release critical bugs in the upcoming release of Debian GNU/Linux 5.0 Lenny... well... first I forget them, and then thought there might be more people interested in them than the readers of planet.

So they are now a part of the Debian Project News, so if you haven't done so, yet: Go and subscribe to the debian-news mailings list :)

postet at 21:57 into [Debian] permanent link

Fri, 21 Nov 2008

Dear Lazyweb,

I have several Linux systems (mostly workstations) which are in desperate need of a backup solution. However the "official" backup server runs Windows 2003. It's out of a questions to migrate that to a better system.

Now I'm wondering about a good backup strategy... and am failing to find a working software. Constraints: I want' to have weekly full backups and daily incremental backups. I would like to have a central service, where I can see if some machines haven't been backed up for some time (ideally I would like to get a mail, if a machine hasn't been backed up for some time). It would be nice if I didn't need to install any special software on the systems to be backed up; but if it can't be done otherwise so be it.

I have the resources to set up an additional Linux systems, but due to various circumstances the hard discs I can use in that machine are not very reliable. Therefore backups must end on the Windows system; either directly or via cifs / network share.

So far I have looked at BackupPC which seems very nice, but depends on a file system supporting hard links. Which isn't the case here :(

Bacula seems a bit overkill, but better to much functionality than missing functionality ;) However, Bacula needs a Database, and I wouldn't know where to set up that. As said, the local Linux system which would run the backup server might have a disc crash, therefore the database should run somewhere else. Bacula may use SQLite as database; where I could store the SQLite files on the Windows server via network share, however the Bacla Documentation doesn't recommend using SQLite on a production environment.

I looked at amanda, too; but honestly I didn't understood the documentation very well :(

So much for the first ideas... Any good pointers where I should go next? I know, it's a quiet unusual scenario, but there must be some kind of solution, mustn't it?

postet at 22:07 into [Debian] permanent link

Tue, 04 Nov 2008


If notebooks decide to become a brick, they should do it with a big "puff" instead failing silently (and suddenly).

That would be the fourth brick we have lying around here :(

postet at 22:31 into [Debian] permanent link

Mon, 03 Nov 2008

release critical bug stats

The unofficial rc bug thingy currently lists:

  • 144 rc Bugs affecting the next stable release Debian GNU/Linux 5.0 Lenny:
    • 61 Bugs of them, fixed in the unstable branch Sid
    • 83 Bugs open in both, Lenny and Sid of these:
      • 10 marked as pending
      • 25 have already a patch
      • 10 have been reported multiple times

Ignoring bugs, which are marked pending, have a patch, have been reported multiple times or concern packages in contrib or non-free, that leaves 43 release critical bugs.

Again a big improvement compared to the numbers of last week. Thanks for everyone helping!

However 28 of them have been reported more than 30 days ago; maybe they are quite complicated, so please pay special attention to them.

postet at 23:17 into [Debian] permanent link

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Alexander Tolimar Reichle-Schmehl lives in Tuttlingen / Germany. He works as IT manager (specialized on Unix and SAN/Storage) for an international automotive supplier.