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Backups - Why not /home

Discussion in 'General Discussion' started by Daerious, Jul 23, 2008.

  1. Daerious

    Daerious Registered

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    I would like to know the reason that it is warned not to use /home for cPanels local backup destination directory. On this system, the original configuration was done without proper foresight and the only partition large enough to hold the backups is /home. What problems would i be facing to have a /home/backup directory rather than /backup?
     
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    cPanelDavidG Technical Product Specialist

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    Typically /home has quotas enabled whereas /backup does not. When cPanel creates backups, those backups will be owned by the individual users. If that partition has quotas enabled, then that disk usage consumption will count towards their account.

    Note, traditionally the intend behind keeping backups is in case of hard disk failure, a relatively common hardware failure for web hosting servers. Therefore, if your hard drive were to fail, you would no longer have backups given your configuration to store backups on /home.

    It is considered good practice to place backups on a physically separate hard disk, possibly even a remote server.
     
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