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Re: repository on client is newer than on server as a result of server hd failure

From: Kris Deugau <kdeugau_at_vianet.ca>
Date: 2006-02-09 16:50:45 CET

Jon Scott Stevens wrote:
> If the data is so crucial, then why not use RAID to mirror the drive?
> Seems like a much better system from a performance perspective.

RAID does not protect against (accidentally) Doing Something Dumb.

It just protects against hardware-level faults on the physical disks.

My own personal repos have no backups in place at the moment, but the
ones I set up for work have a daily full backup. (They're small.) I
keep 14 days of daily backups.

I actually back up a number of things in the same script; here's an
extract with the subversion bits:


curdate=`date +%Y%m%d`
olddate=`date -d '14 days ago' +%Y%m%d`

# Back up Subversion repos

for repo in repo1 repo2; do
   # Dump repo
   echo "Dumping $repo..."
   /usr/bin/svnadmin -q dump /svnroot/$repo | gzip > \

   # Delete old repo backup. Keep 14 days' changes.
   rm -f /backups/svn-$repo-$olddate.gz

   # Get admin area
   tar -c /svnroot/$repo/{conf,hooks} |gzip > \

The backup destination is actually an NFS mount to another system in the
real script, mounted and unmounted within the script.

If I were working with much larger repositories, I'd likely do a weekly
full dump, and daily incrementals (or per-commit incrementals that get
copied to the backup NFS mount on a daily basis).


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Received on Thu Feb 9 18:11:47 2006

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