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All the Perl that's Practical to Extract and Report

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  • tar and dump. the .mac backup will also backup to CD if you have a CD-R on your mac. A firewire drive also works well since it saves on restore time....but tar and dump are the old reliables.

    • I don't know if that solution will properly hang on to my HFS+ metadata. Do you?

      And Backup goes to CD, but wow, that would be slow and tedious. :-) Maybe if I had DVD-R, it would be less tedious, but still slow. I love using Retrospect to backup over 100baseT to another computer on the network, and then being able to restore from anywhere else in the world (ssh to home box, open up the FTP port on the firewall, then restore, then close the FTP port again :-).
      • anything other than a live on-line backup is going to be slow be it tape or otherwise. Firewire drives are cheap these days which is what I use with retrospect. Restoring it over the wire introduces a security issue as well. Firewire drives are small, cheap, fast and more reliably available than using ftp over the net :) As far as HFS+ goes...well, your choices are retrospect or .mac backup if you are looking for minimum hassle.

        • No, I mean that with Retrospect over FTP to a box on my LAN (which has a big FireWire drive connected to it), I have the option of restoring over the Internet, if necessary (once I was at work, and I had updated my Metrowerks compilers, but I needed an older version of one, so I restored it off the backup at home; it's a nice option to have, in a pinch). I wouldn't be carrying my FireWire drive around with me. And while it is not as fast as direct FireWire, it's speedy enough, since it is only a switch away, and at 100 baseT.

          But yeah, Retrospect is minimum hassle and most flexible. .mac Backup is nice, but just far too limited in how I can back up. Maybe I'll just *gulp* pay money and do it. I doubt I can get bossman to pay for it, but I can deduct it, at least. :-)