Backup software

Cole Tuininga colet at
Mon May 31 23:00:01 EDT 2004

I'm in the process of setting up a system that will need to do local
data backup to tape.  My immediate reaction was that I probably wanted
to use Amanda, since the client is interested in going with an open
source solution.  Having not played with tapes in over 6 years, I'm
looking to folks on the list for suggestions and/or help before I go too
far down any one particular path.

Is Amanda going to be overkill for backing up just a single system?  The
tape drive is a Sony AIT drive - is this going to be a pain to configure
with Amanda?  Is there another piece of software I should look at
instead?  Would just a plain 'ole tar with a little bit of shell
scripting suffice?

Experiences, anecdotes, diatribes, etc all happily accepted.  8)

"... one of the main causes of the fall of the Roman Empire was that,
 lacking zero, they had no way to indicate successful termination of
 their C programs."  --  Robert Firth

Cole Tuininga
Lead Developer
Code Energy, Inc
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