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SubjectRe: [PATCH] SMP race in ext2 - metadata corruption.
Linus Torvalds wrote:

> Dump was a stupid program in the first place. Leave it behind.

Not quite Linus - dump/restore are nice tools to create for example
automatic over network installation servers, i.e. efficient system
images
or such. tar/cpio and friends don't deal properly with

a. holes inside of files.
b. hardlinks between files.

Really they are not useless. However I wouldn't recommend them
for backup practicies as well.

Please see for example:

http://www.systime-solutions.de/index.php?topic=produkte&subtopic=setupserver

Well yes, if you understand german...
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