how to backup a cyrus server?
morgan at orst.edu
Mon Dec 4 18:42:42 EST 2006
On Mon, 4 Dec 2006, Rafael Mahecha wrote:
> I recently moved all my users from proprietary wemail (using local
> sendmail) to latest cyrus and sendmail using lmtp.
> I used to use tivoli to backup the old server (which was ok since no
> data bases were involved)... but since cyrus has databases and such, I
> am concern about file-locking and database corruption.
> What is the best way to back up the server? shutdown cyrus for a while,
> then snap shot it, and then back up to tivoli.... or should I just be
> able to back up the running server directly to tivoli?
> what other software can I use to backup?
Check out the Cyrus Wiki page at:
Most people just make a regular backup of the filesystem using whatever
tools they normally use. The only "trick" is to export your mailboxes.db
to a flat text file in order to back it up (which you should be doing
It is probably not worth the downtime to actually shutdown Cyrus in order
to get a consistent backup of the entire mail spool. So what if a few
files change while the backup is happening? Unless you have really
unreliable hardware, you'll create more downtime doing the backups than
you'll ever prevent by having a consistent backup. :)
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