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[Discuss] Cloud-backup solutions for Linux?

On Mon, Sep 28, 2015 at 3:37 PM, Rich Pieri <richard.pieri at> wrote:
> On 9/28/2015 2:56 PM, John Abreau wrote:
>> I'm not familiar with MongoDB, but I would be surprised if it didn't have
>> a
>> similar option to dump its data to a text file.
> Be surprised. MongoDB lacks the tools to do full text dumps. It has a
> limited export function which is useless for production backups because it
> can't export everything and a dump function that dumps to a binary format.

This web page makes for some "fun" reading on how to back up MongoDB:

But at least the binary format (BSON) is documented so you might be
able to create a BSON to text converter for migration to some other
database system.  Still it makes very clear to me that one size fits
all backup strategies don't really exist.  Unless you are willing to
have backup time windows where you shut everything down, you are going
to have to really dig into the details of your apps/databases to
figure out how to do consistent backups.

Bill Bogstad

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