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> I have a HPUX 11.0, that hold a database on it. I want to tar and compress
> the backup and send it to a offline backup storage. I get an error...
> tar: Size of mydb/db4/hist_01.dbf > 2GB. Not dumped.
> This is because of the tar I am using? Or the OS that I am using?
> Will getting GNUtar fix this problem?
I'm the kind of sad, old fashioned, Unix admin who never allows Oracle
data files to exceed 2GB (actually I usually use 1GB, which was an old
Oracle recommendation IIRC). Old habits die hard! Not sure I should
recommend this luddite approach but it has served me well, and avoids a
lot of stupid grief with 2GB file limits on back-ups, NFS, file systems
etc. For as long as you name them simply, it is as easy to do something
to files named 1,2,3,4, as it is to one large file, and even easier to
rearrange files to spread I/O over disks and the like.
You're getting plenty of advice that maybe you are pushing HP tar a
little hard, yes I think GNU tar or star may be good alternatives for
you, you should also consider HP-UX 'fbackup' depending on your
archiving needs, it probably has more "exposure" on HP-UX, and is
particularly good for backup to tape.
Whilst I don't like proprietary solutions you may find it fits your
needs better, especially if you can be confident you are only restoring
to HP-UX systems.
I think most "tars" now know to exclude the tar archive being created
(GNU and star do), although I'm not logging into the nearest HP-UX box
to find out if HP's does.
The 2Gb question is more than adequately answered before - www.deja.com
is your friend.
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