Subject RE: [firebird-support] Re: Database compress/purge
Author Norman Dunbar
Hi Colin,

this statement scares me (as a DBA) :

>> So, what you are in effect saying is that my backups might be totally
>> useless because I might not be able to restore them even though the
>> backup worked correctly...

surely you test your backups to make sure that they are readable ? I'd hate
to think of anyone in a situation where they needed to restore a database
(of any flavour, ok, not SQL Server !) only to find that their entire stock
of backup tapes/disks/cds/etc is useless. I've seen and heard too many
stories where that sort of thing happens.

Always test a backup file to make sure it can be used to restore a database.

On the other hand, when I do my backups, I do a gbak and I do a OS file copy
as well. Works for me.


Norman Dunbar
Database/Unix administrator
Lynx Financial Systems Ltd.
Tel: 0113 289 6265
Fax: 0113 289 3146

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