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Re: Recommendations for a "hot standby" subversion server

From: communitybot <communitybot_at_googlemail.com>
Date: Tue, 8 Jul 2008 02:55:43 +0100

> If the server were
> to crash irrecoverably, we would have to bring up another pc, install
> software as needed, restore the previous night's hotcopy, and go, all
> of which could take a number of hours.

There's your biggest problem - you've got to set up a new server in a panic!
Our Subversion server setup is on a virtual machine, so we simply keep a
copy of the VM and use backup/restore scripts that use hotcopies, which are
kept on other machines and tapes. And, of course, clear instructions on what
to do if the worst happens.

Having a 'lukewarm' (!) failsafe like that keeps your live setup simple and
allows you to quickly restore from anything between catastrophic hardware
failure right through to botched upgrades or repository corruption. Also
helps to avoid said botched upgrades by doing proper testing first.

On the negative side, you lose everything since your last hotcopy...
Received on 2008-07-08 08:19:10 CEST

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