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Re: How To Backup All of CVS?

From: Tobias Brox
Subject: Re: How To Backup All of CVS?
Date: Wed, 26 Sep 2001 21:20:59 +0400
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> I would like to backup all of CVS nightly using a cronjob.  I want to be
> able to restore CVS to its original state in case something happens to our
> server.  The problem is, I don't know exactly what I need to grab from CVS
> in order to be able to re-create it.  I believe I need the RCS files (the
> history files with the ,v at the end) but is there other stuff I also need?
> How do I checkout or grab the RCS files?

Just make a tarball of all the $CVSROOT, and you should be reasonably safe.
Make a script to check for lock-files, and you should be even more safe
(should be a pretty easy thing to do ... PS: I'm unemployed ;-)

Before overwriting or deleting older backups, you should check that the
repository is not corrupted.  There does exist some script for this, though
I don't have any references.

I also just hacked together a small and simple script that logs the md5sum
of all files in the repository, and then checks that the older versions of
the files are unmuted - though it does not yet check branches nor metadata.
I might mail it to you if you're interessted (or anyone else that might be
interested - I find it inappropriate to post a complete script to the
mailing list, and I don't have IP access to publish it at the web

Unemployed hacker
Will program for food!

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