Is it the right tool?
Thu, 29 Aug 2002 11:42:53 +0100
I'm involved in moving a small organisation from windows 98 p2p to running a Linux
server. Everything's fine except they are now hooked on a (discontinued) Powerquest
product called Datakeeper. That monitored folders on the Win98 server and kept
versions of changed files. It didn't work on timed runs but, I guess, on system calls. You
set how many versions you want to keep and it will keep that many, independent of how
old the versions are.
I've been trying to find a similar Linux solution and have been trying rdiff-backup. The
way I've been testing it is running it every 5 minutes to try and catch recent changes but I
of course end up with huge (in terms of no. of files) rdiff-backup-data directories. The
other problem is that restoring is cumbersome when all you want to do is restore the 'last
I appreciate the problem is the way I'm trying to use rdiff-backup, but I'm wondering
whether it is possible to achieve what they want (i.e. a set number of prior versions
irrespective of age) or whether anyone knows of an alternative approach/product. I'd
really like to get close as their IT guy is going out on a bit of a limb by going Linux.