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[Linux-cluster] dump(8) for GFS2


Are there any plans to develop a backup utility working on the same principles as dump(8) does for ext3fs? This means getting the backup done by walking the block structure contained in the inodes instead of just reading the file the way tar(1), cpio(1) and others do it.

I need dump(8) to deal with a specific problem created by the customer's application. A library used by the application has a bug which demonstrates itself in an upredictable creation of huge sparse files. For example the application may create a sparse file of 5TB with only a few kB of data in it. There may be tens of those files created in the database. GNU tar handles sparse files correctly and will recreate them as sparse files too.  This is fine.  But it still needs to read all of those nulls and that is done at a rate of about 1.5TB per hour on this system. With 100+ TB of the apparent size of all of those sparse filesmy bakup would take about 3 days to complete.

By comparison, dump(8) would deal with this situation perfectly well. It know the inodes of the file, will follow the few that exist in a sparse file and back up the data.  It does not have to read through the tons of nulls happily delivered by the OS, as tar(1) does.



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