Bug#612739: store archive/backup files in /etc/lvm/

Luca Capello luca at pca.it
Wed Feb 23 17:43:53 UTC 2011

Hi there!

On Thu, 10 Feb 2011 12:35:21 +0100, Alasdair G Kergon wrote:
> On Thu, Feb 10, 2011 at 12:17:51PM +0100, Luca Capello wrote:
>> The best place for these archive/backup files is /var/backups/lvm2.
> But unfortunately if /var is a separate file system you might need
> to restore from the backups in order to regain access to /var!


> /etc is better than /var for that reason

Why?  Being on the *same* LVM you want to recover is even worse...

> and the FHS has no understanding of this category of file:

?  These are backup files, nothing more, nothing less.

> it's outside the scope of what the FHS authors considered when they
> wrote it.

Sure, but if there is a canonical location where all programs put their
backups this is the preferred one and sysadmins knows where to look...

Please note that while I agree that such a location has not been agreed
upon, /var/backups is the de facto standard and it is even mentioned as
reserved in the FHS



  The following directories, or symbolic links to directories, are
  required in /var.


  Several directories are `reserved' in the sense that they must not be
  used arbitrarily by some new application, since they would conflict
  with historical and/or local practice. They are:


On my Debian sid, /var/backups contains atp, dpkg and others' backups
(group, gshadow, passwd, shadow).  This is similar to some lenny systems
I (still) have.

> If your /etc is an lvm partition, but /boot is not, then you may
> decide that /boot is a better location for these files.
> The best place for these files is a non-lvm device which you can
> still access if the system fails to boot.

Something unfortunately you can not decide a priori (too many possible
combinations) nor at runtime (different systems will have different

Thx, bye,
Gismo / Luca
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