Transparent Compression

Ryan Nielsen ffl at
Mon Jun 12 14:49:25 MDT 2006

Jonathan Duncan wrote:
> On Mon, 12 Jun 2006, Ryan Nielsen wrote:
>> I'm currently backing up data using rsync over ssh to remote hard 
>> drives. Those drives have filled up quite quickly.  Has anyone worked 
>> with transparent compression on file systems?  Does it work well?  
>> Are there any risks?  I'm not (at the moment) worried about speed, 
>> just space.  Is there a better way to do this?
> How about an extra hard drive?  I just picked up a 320gb for $120.  Do 
> you need to be saving all this data cumulatively or can you use rsync 
> to overwrite previously saved data?  Is this like a nightly backup or 
> a additionaly data to large and growing project?  Usually, compression 
> is more of a problem that it is worth, in my opinion.  Especially in a 
> day when disk space really is cheap.
My boss is pulling his save money card.  I would have just upgraded to 
bigger drives, but I am trying to research it a bit at least.  Your 
comment on being inefficient is exactly what I wanted to hear.  Any 
other opinions?

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