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Re: using subversion as a workstation backup mechanism

From: Andy Levy <andy.levy_at_gmail.com>
Date: 2006-03-14 15:57:30 CET

It sounds like you want something along the lines of
http://fsvs.tigris.org/ but I don't think it's available for Windows.

Why not use your desktop management software (for example Altiris) to
perform automated nightly backups of the desktops? You can probably
do incremental backups, which shouldn't hit your network too much
harder than Subversion (and if it's overnight, no one will notice).

Or, just mount everyone's home directories on the network, disallow
writing to the local hard drive, and just back up the server :)

On 3/14/06, Tim Harvey <tim_harvey@yahoo.com> wrote:
> I read the FAQ but I'm not sure I agree that its a 'bad idea'. It won't do
> what you would want to do 'efficiently' on a move or copy but its no worse
> than any backup solution I've seen.
> Our current backup solution is to run a script at login that does an 'xcopy'
> of C:\Backup with some options to limit it to new or changed files. The
> problem is that the network overhead is huge compared to using Subversion to
> do the same thing.
> Tim
> ----- Original Message ----
> From: Ryan Schmidt <subversion-2006Q1@ryandesign.com>
> To: Tim Harvey <tim_harvey@yahoo.com>
> Cc: users@subversion.tigris.org
> Sent: Tuesday, March 14, 2006 3:13:38 AM
> Subject: Re: using subversion as a workstation backup mechanism
> On Mar 13, 2006, at 22:13, Tim Harvey wrote:
> > - automate a script that runs nightly (via task scheduler) on the
> > user workstation that does the following:
> > - svn add all new files
> > - svn del all missing files
> > - svn commit
> >
> > Does anyone see any issues with this? [snip]
> That's a bad idea:
> http://subversion.tigris.org/faq.html#wc-change-detection
> > - have other people implemented automated backup mechanisms using
> > this concept
> I would recommend looking for software designed to back up
> workstations, and not try to make a revision control system do this.

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