[Rear-users] Backing up to tape-drive and OBDR

Schlomo Schapiro schlomo at schapiro.org
Wed Jul 28 14:27:23 CEST 2010


I guess the README was a bit driven by wishful thinking...

I remember culling the OBDR stuff when I met it in the docs and website
but apparently I missed a few places.

Yes, I would also like to see it. But you should know that since 2006
when we release ReaR 1.0 you are the first person to ask about OBDR...

Do you want to use OBDR as a single-media DR solution for a single
server? Is this a place where using an external HD is out of the question?

Because otherwise I would suspect that much more people would benefit
from good support for bootable HDs with backup data on them than from
OBDR support...

BTW, in trunk we already have support for USBFS which you could try out.
I believe however that this code needs a medium rewrite before we can
release it as production stable. Amongst others it should use udev for
persistent device names and share more code with NETFS...

Kind Regards,

On 07/28/2010 12:00 PM, Dag Wieers wrote:
> Hi,
> The ReaR README states:
>      The result is also a bootable image that is capable of booting via
>      PXE, DVD/CD and tape (OBDR).
> But we don't see any real tape drive support (grep for TAPE_DEVICE in the 
> source-tree).
> What's more the OBDR support can't really be functional. Doing a dd for 
> the padding is ok, but we don't see the ISO being writen to the 
> What we like to do is create a tape that is both the rescue media as well 
> as contains a complete backup of the system (could be TBs of data). 
> Currently ReaR does not seem to support both.
> Using a tape-drive is not even an option for normal backup :-/
> Has anyone already worked on that ? Why does it seem incomplete ? Any 
> advice ? :-)
> Thanks in advance,

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