Backup via rsync

Since my Microserver keeled over and died and I didn’t have a good backup in place, I was in search of a quick and easy way to back up the USB key on a regular basis so I could recover easily.

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HP Microserver – UpdateDB Bloat

A brief discovery…  If you use a script to back up your Microserver to a mount point somewhere in your filesystem, then your updatedb database will keep growing and growing without bound.  This is bad if you’re using a USB key for your root filesystem (I went from writing a 1.5Mb updatedb database once a day to writing a 60Mb one before I caught it).

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Microserver – USB Failed (owee!)

Well, it only took three months, but the USB key I was driving my Microserver from went bang over the weekend.  It started accumulating a lot of errors, and fsck fixed the errors, but they just came back again.  Doing some analysis, I don’t believe that I was committing too many writes to the key - I only would have made under 1Gb worth of writes, and with a 16Gb USB key, there’s no way I should have committed enough writes to be able to blow the read/write cycle limit of even one block on the key.

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Arduinoven – Board Assembly

Assembled the Arduinoven board over the weekend. It wound out being that one of the boards I received had a manufacturing defect, but the other two didn’t.  While it would be pretty straightforward to correct the defect with a craft knife, I decided to just use one of the other boards.  I guess that’s why they sent me three boards and it’s also why you should check over a new board with a continuity tester…  Anyway, after all that, IT WORKS.

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