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SubjectRe: ext3 and undeletion
On Tue, Feb 26, 2002 at 11:15:09AM -0700, Andreas Dilger wrote:
> On Feb 26, 2002 10:00 -0800, H. Peter Anvin wrote:
> > Rose, Billy wrote:
> > > My company can tolerate 0% loss of data (which is why I raised this issue).
> >
> > There is no such thing as 0% loss of data. You can get some amount of
> > security with backups, snapshots (really useful!) or undelete, but you
> > can *NEVER* guarantee 0% loss of data... consider the case when a
> > (l)user overwrites (not just deletes) a newly created file.
>
> Snapshots at the filesystem level could handle the overwrite case.
>
> However, even then it cannot be 0% loss of data, unless you have snapshots
> for _every_ write of the file, which would quickly become prohibitive in
> space usage (think autobackup from an editor on a large file). Sometimes
> people just have to learn from their mistakes...

That's a logging filesystem. One that stores the "diff" whenever someone
writes, rm's, truncates, etc. etc.

AFAIK they exist, so it can be done. Don't know much else about them though.
It does seem like the "elegant" solution to the problem though, if it's ~0%
data loss that's the objective. Having undelete is far from a full solution
to that problem.

Anyone knows about those devils ?

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