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32BitsOnline: Alexandria Backup

Sep 30, 1999, 15:18 (2 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Paul Zotov)

"The message on the display tells me that one of the departmental web servers crashed and would not reboot, apparently a hard disk failure. I swear, get out of the house and get into the car for a 25-minute ride to the office. By the time I get there, a failed hard drive is replaced, and everything is ready for data restore. It takes me a while to find the needed set of tapes, and finally, I am feeding tape by tape into the drive and bringing the web server back to life. While I am doing it, I realize how much the site has grown in only half a year. And, at the same time, I feel me hands freeze up because I realize that my trusted tar command has a 100 character limit on the directory path it can traverse, and I am doomed!"

"Alexandria is a powerful, sophisticated, yet flexible and easy to use (once you learn it), automated backup program. Its power and flexibility rivals, and often exceeds, most of the high-end backup solutions available on the market today. It is really a pleasure to see such a tool available for the Linux OS. It looks like the designers of Alexandria put a lot of thought into the design of the program, and even more effort to implement those ideas into the code. As a result, Alexandria has a single code base for all of the platforms, which makes it easy to maintain, troubleshoot and port. It offers a wealth of features and options, such as multiple media formats, advanced disaster recovery tools, an impressive list of compatible hardware devices, database backup tools, etc. It has a nice X Windows GUI for beginners and a command line interface for those who took the pains of reading the Alexandria Reference Guide at least two times."

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