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RE: Am thinking of using subversion as a general purpose filing s ystem

From: <andy.glew_at_amd.com>
Date: 2004-04-02 21:51:51 CEST

> As long as you're not expecting to actually be able to use
> the backup of
> the Subversion repository, I don't see how it could hurt anything,
> assuming you're actually opening it read only. That said,
> when someone
> says they're 'backing something up', I tend to assume you
> actually want
> to use the backup for something other than wasting space. If
> that's not
> the case, then sure, you should be fine.
> -garrett

Most transactional database systems keep a transaction log
somewhere. It's sequentially written, and is therefore usually
captured coherently by even filesystem backup software.
Moreover, its inconsistencies are easy to detect.

In theory, if the transaction log goes back to the beginning
of the database, the entire database can be reconstructed.

It's sometimes possible to build a restore tool that
takes the possibly corrupt database, and the transaction log,
and gets to a clean state.

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