[Box Backup] bbackupquery force overwrite?

Doug Poland boxbackup at fluffy.co.uk
Thu Mar 3 14:58:22 GMT 2005

On Thu, Mar 03, 2005 at 02:23:30PM +0000, Ben Summers wrote:
> On 3 Mar 2005, at 14:16, Doug Poland wrote:
> >On Thu, Mar 03, 2005 at 01:44:42PM +0000, Ben Summers wrote:
> >>On 3 Mar 2005, at 13:38, Doug Poland wrote:
> >>
> >>>Hello,
> >>>
> >>>Is it possible to force bbackupquery to overwrite existing files when
> >>>using the get or restore commands?  I looked at documentation.txt and
> >>>searched the mail archive but did see this addressed.
> >>
> >>No. The code is designed to avoid losing data, and will not destroy
> >>anything. This is a backup utility!
> >>
> >I can appreciate that.  However, bbackupquery is a restore utility.
> >The other side of the backup coin is the ability to efficiently
> >restore data.  One would think that an optional switch supplied to
> >the get or restore command to accomplish this.  Your thoughts?
> I think that it's possible to efficiently restore data with 
> bbackupquery. You can restore to a different filename for individual 
> files. You can restore to any directory name you want (and move it in 
> place when it's done). And if your restore gets interrupted for any 
> reason, you can restart a partially completely restore.
> What have I missed? I'm not sure what you could possibly want to do 
> that isn't covered by the abilities of the utility. (As long as you're 
> prepared to use other unix commands to finish the job off afterwards.)
> But then, you haven't explained *why* you want to overwrite files, so I 
> could be missing the point completely. Context is a useful thing to 
> have when answering questions.
Please see my next post on using boxbackup as a tools to synchronize


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