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Any thoughts on using Subversion as a general backup tool?

From: Kenneth McDonald <kenneth.m.mcdonald_at_sbcglobal.net>
Date: 2004-05-30 08:37:56 CEST

I was curious as to what sort of experimentation might have been done
using Subversion as a general backup tool, and if people have
suggestions etc. My guess is that is probably not quite suitable for
use, but I'm wondering...

My specific situation is that I have a Macintosh Powerbook with a 60 Gb
hard drive.
I also have a couple of external 120 Gb Firewire drives, which I use
for backup.
I have Retrospect Express, but don't use it as often as I should, since
it has
such a godawful user interface. I manually back up my really critical
regularly, but don't have a good backup system for my HD as a whole.
considered trying rsync or psync, but when it comes right down to it,
_really_ want something which lets me restore a file or directory to a
state as of
a given previous date.

So if people could give their comments on how one might use Subversion
in this manner (and if it has been done successfully), I'd be most
Some potential problems I could see are things like ensuring Subversion
has access to _all_ the files on the HD, speed of backup and of checking
files for changes, and of course, what do you do about the fact that
applications and users won't pleasantly use 'svn add', 'svn delete', and
'svn move' when they change things on the HD.

Ken McDonald

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