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    how to backup/restore cvs repositories


    We have cvs installed on our linux server and we're using wincvs clients on workstations. What is the way to backup entire cvs with all repositories and what's the procedure to restore it?


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    I would recommend creating a tar-ball of your CVS tree every night and copying that to a different server or, if you can, to tape and move it off-site.

    A very cheap way of doing this is using something like a Iomega REV-drive, 35Gb removable media. Unit cost is about $399 and media cost is about $70.
    Kicks the ass out of any DDS/DAT solution. Good enough for most.

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    Another alternative solution would involve rsync. I think you may be able to compress data with it, but I'm not sure. Basically rsync allows you to keep a directory tree synced between two systems or two folders on the same system (i.e. one folder on your Tape Backup). It's a very versatile program.

    The tarball idea in the previous reply is an excellent idea, also. I just thought I'd throw this one out.
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