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SubjectRe: [PATCH] SMP race in ext2 - metadata corruption.
> or such. tar/cpio and friends don't deal properly with
> a. holes inside of files.
> b. hardlinks between files.

GNU tar handles both of these. (Not particularly efficiently in the
case of sparse files, but that's a minor issue in this case.) See -S flag.

Perhaps more importantly, for a _robust_ backup solution which can
deal with partially unreadable tapes, you have pretty much no option
other than tar for the actual storage.

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