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Whitepaper: A Versatile and User-Oriented Versioning File System

by USENIX AssociationJan 01, 2008

Versioning is a technique for recording a history of changes to files. This history is useful for restoring previous versions of files, collecting a log of important changes over time, or to trace the file system activities of an intruder. Ever since Unix became popular, users have desired a versatile and simple versioning file system. Simple mistakes such as accidental removal of files (the infamous ""rm "" problem) could be ameliorated on Unix if users could simply execute a single command to


Whitepaper: Further Torture: More Testing of Backup and Archive Programs

by USENIX AssociationJan 01, 2008

Every system administrator depends on some set of programs for making secondary copies of data, as backups for disaster recovery or as archives for long term storage. These programs, like all other programs, have bugs. This paper published by USENIX Association describes system administrator dependence on some set of programs for making secondary copies of data, as backups for disaster recovery or as archives for long term storage. The important part was to locate and know the bugs in handling


Whitepaper: A Framework for Building Unobtrusive Disk Maintenance Applications

by USENIX AssociationJan 01, 2008

This white paper describes a programming framework for clean construction of disk maintenance applications. They can use it to expose the disk activity to be done, and then process completed requests as they are reported. The system ensures that these applications make steady forward progress without competing for disk access with a system?s primary applications. In this paper, three disk maintenance applications (backup, write-back cache destaging, and disk layout reorganization) are adapted to