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Hierarchical organization

Hierarchical organization

Posted Jan 30, 2013 18:11 UTC (Wed) by dskoll (subscriber, #1630)
In reply to: Hierarchical organization by aseigo
Parent article: Seigo: Plasma.next()?

I see you did not reply to one of my questions:

How do I restore a specific file from backup without knowing where in the directory hierarchy it is?

In my experience, this is an uncommon thing to want to do, but not so rare as to be labelled an "edge-case".


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Hierarchical organization

Posted Jan 30, 2013 18:32 UTC (Wed) by raven667 (subscriber, #5198) [Link]

Actually I would say this is the most common case. In my experience, accidentally deleting an important file is the leading cause of restores from backup.

Hierarchical organization

Posted Jan 30, 2013 18:54 UTC (Wed) by hummassa (subscriber, #307) [Link]

IMHO the answer to this question is: "the backup/restore tool must offer the same view of the backed-up data as the viewing tool offers for the original data".

Hierarchical organization

Posted Jan 30, 2013 19:21 UTC (Wed) by dskoll (subscriber, #1630) [Link]

IMHO the answer to this question is: "the backup/restore tool must offer the same view of the backed-up data as the viewing tool offers for the original data".

That's fine if all the systems you might conceivably connect the backup device to run the same software. But once you move beyond hierarchical directories, that is unlikely to be the case.

Yes, a hierarchical directory structure full of files is the "lowest common denominator". But importantly, it's the lowest common denominator and is likely to be useful on any device or desktop.


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