[p4] backup strategy

John-Mason P. Shackelford john-mason at shackelford.org
Wed Mar 16 12:35:55 PST 2005

Greetings all.

In the process of moving our Perforce installation to an active / 
passive Linux cluster I discovered that a tarball of our depot files 
(about 5 gigs) takes about 6 hours to explode, that's without 
compression (though  I am using -v). This is rather disconcerting given 
that our depot is tiny in comparison to what it will be a year from now 
as we are still rolling out the tool to the development groups in our 
organization and that, in the event of a disaster--God forbid it should 
ever occur--we cannot afford an outage this long to restore.

The depot files are stored on a SAN so theoretically it should be fairly 
fault tolerant and we shouldn't need to restore from the tar, but for 
the sake of Murphy I'd like to develop a back up strategy that is 
optimized for a relatively quick restore. I'd be interested to hear how 
others are coping with this.

Much appreciated,

John-Mason Shackelford

Software Developer
Pearson Educational Measurement

2510 North Dodge St.
Iowa City, IA 52245
ph. 319-354-9200x6214
john-mason.shackelford at pearson.com

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