Transparent Compression

Shane Hathaway shane at
Mon Jun 12 15:02:31 MDT 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?

Use rdiff-backup, which has built-in support for incremental backups and
automatically compresses old increments AFAIK.  rdiff-backup is based on
rsync and ssh.


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