Coda File System

Re: [PATCH] allow backup utility to mark volumes as ancient

From: Neil Horman <>
Date: Mon, 3 Nov 2008 15:29:27 -0500
On Mon, Nov 03, 2008 at 01:42:08PM -0500, Jan Harkes wrote:
> On Tue, Oct 28, 2008 at 03:35:30PM -0400, Neil Horman wrote:
> > Hey all-
> > 	I had recently set up a backup server using the latest git tree and
> > discovered that while backups could be taken the backup utility wasn't properly
> > marking the backed up volumes as ancient.  I found I was able to do so manually,
> > but needed to specify the backup volume id to volutil, rather than the primary
> > volume id.  The backup utility was having the same issue, and I wrote this patch
> > to fix it.  With it, I'm able to take backups and mark the corresponding volumes
> > as ancient properly.  I also converted the call to use NewVolMarkAsAncient,
> > which is in line with what volutil uses.
> Not sure why that original code isn't working because the
> NewVolMarkAsAncient implementation on the server simply looks up the
> volume replica id and replicated volume group id values from the VRDB
> and then calls the same VolMarkAsAncient function.
> So although volutil is using a different RPC2 call compared to the
> backup utility they both end up doing the same thing and as far as I
> can see the backup program is calling the old RPC with the correct
> arguments so without understanding why it is broken, I don't feel
> comfortable applying this patch.
> Our backups for the past 8 years have been run using a modified version
> of Amanda, which is why I needed a better way to use volutil ancient
> from a script. The NewVolMarkAsAncient implementation was added to
> simplify the arguments needed for volutil ancient, and we already needed
> to know the backup volume id because it is used by volutil dump.
> More recently I've started using BackupPC which needed no changes to
> itself, we only needed a fairly trivial script on the Coda servers that
> uses volutil and codadump2tar to return a tar formatted stream. The
> change that I added to Coda was an improved way to create a volume dump
> so that we can efficiently run incremental dumps while still having
> access to full path information for the codadump2tar conversion.
> Jan

Admittedly I've not dug down that deeply, but looking at it my guess is that it
has something to do with the fact that NewVolMarkAsAncient calls
VolMarkAsAncient using the parent id of the backup volume you pass to it, while
VolMarkAsAncient when called from the client, simply passes the volume id of the
volume that you just backed up (not the backup volume id).


 * Neil Horman <>
 * Software Engineer, Red Hat
Received on 2008-11-03 15:32:51