Mark Phelps wrote:Natan:
Tried out the new PING version and it works great! Not only is the double-listing problem fixed, the performance is amazing!
I tried three different backups and in all cases, the total time required, when compared to version 16, is about 1/3. So, this version is running approximately three times the speed of version 16. My 30minute+ backups only take 10 minutes now.
Mark Phelps wrote:Is this the final beta of 3.0, or are you planning more releases?
* 3.00.00 2008-10-17
- Linux kernel upgraded from 220.127.116.11 to 18.104.22.168.
- Added drivers for Attansic 1e (ASUS Atheros NICs).
- Samba upgraded from 3.2.3 to 3.2.4.
- CLAM AV upgraded from 0.93.1 to 0.94.
- Added vol_id to the OS (part of udev), so to get filesystems'
labels, and maybe restore them one day (out of the BS-dd way).
- Removed smbmount, smbmnt, smbumount. These antiquities were older
than the samba package installed, and could lead shell users to
- Added Reiser4Progs 1.0.6 and ReiserFSProgs 3.6.19 to the OS,
so we can now play with Reiser filesystems.
- Added Testdisk 6.10 to the OS. Can recover a partition table,
the MBR, a bootsector, partitions ... great app. Includes Photorec.
- If the user has forgotten to unzip Partimage.zip to the dir
he wants to store images in, we'll now create the
Create_New_Image directory, but not the other ones.
- Detects unused segments in devices (so we could expand parts).
- Little bug fix: a cciss directory on a bootable media would
not be detected (thx Superdac).
- Added the parameter Extend_Parts_Whenever_Possible.
Sometimes, you'll restore images to a bigger drive.
Sometimes, there will be empty space after or between parts.
Set this parameter to Y if you want PING to extend partitions
and contained filesystems each time it's possible. If the
param is not set, PING will ask the user.
- Reports the end of the /var/log/partimag-debug.log in /tmp/x.log.
- Don't try any more to use ntfsresize if the unused space is
ridiculously small --wouldn't do anything anyway.
- If there's only one partition and you want a local backup,
PING will now resize not only NTFS but also ext2-3, fat32,
and hsf+ filesystems (using parted and resize2fs, as parted
can't handle ext2/3 any more).
- The antique Partimage.zip's folder Partition_and_Format_ANY_Computer
has been removed. Instead, write a file in an image directory, and
call it HDD_Target.txt . Copy the structure of a HDD_Look.txt file
and adjust to what you want your HDD to look like.
- The antique Partimage.zip's folder Backup_Local_Hard_Disk has
been removed. Instead, create an image and ask for tar/gz instead
of partimage or zsplit.
- No more .part ; these files must be replaced with a HDD_Target.txt
file. Sorry, no choice.
- You can now choose tar+gzip/bzip2 instead of partimage or zsplit.
I guess this should especially help people cloning linux systems.
If used to clone a Windows system, ACLs won't be restored.
- Finally! finally, in the menu used to choose what partitions to
store, loop until an item is chosen (the Space Bar thing).
Honnestly, let's call it a Bug fix.
- If an addon-*.tar.gz file is stored in an image directory, it will
be untarred to the root of the PING OS before any other image file
- If a ping.conf file is stored in an image directory, it will be
parsed before all other image files are addressed (but second to a
possible addon-*.tar.gz). The contained parameters will overwrite
those eventually passed by /etc/ping.conf or the APPEND line of
- Add a screen warning if there's data on the disk and it's going
to be overwritten -- except if AUTO mode is set on, or if new
param Dont_Warn_Me is set on.
- Linux kernel: added drivers for nVidia IDE.
- Linux kernel: added drivers for Marvell SATA (experimental).
- Dell fix: we now propose users to let us do the job for them.
If they let us do, when creating an image out of a Dell box,
we'll store only the part containing the OS and not the two
Dell parts. We'll also fix the boot.ini for it to boot the now
first part, and will prepare a HDD_Target.txt file so restoration
will use all available space on the drive. Finally, at restore
time, we'll write a standard MBR instead of Dell's, and will
correct the boot sector in order to let it know there's no more
Dell Utility partition. Should boot.
- Howto: mention Unetbootin as a good tool to have a USB device
- Bug fix: the modules were stripped and wouldn't work any more.
- Bug fix: add devices sde and sdf to the devices browsing. Thx Daniel.
- Bug fix: PING would incorrectly handle systems with more than one HDD.
- Added kernel/ping.conf parameters New_Image_Name and Parts_To_Backup
so to make it possible to pass "Create_New_Image" as a value for
parameter Image_To_Restore, and have a full image creation automated
with no user interaction. See the sample ping.conf file and the
Howto for details.
Natan wrote:jhurd8025 wrote:wow very nice update... Will try this out!
Still got ntfsclone on the roadmap ?
Yes, definitely, as I've discovered that ntfscloned files can be mounted on a linux system (-t ntfs -o loop). Thus, browsed. I'm going to make some tests so to see if it's fast enough. Sounds good.
Curtis8 wrote:What about the other PartImage project that was brought up before? It is still being maintained and has some good merits. PartImage-ng has some new features -> " 'ignore-bad-sectors' allows to skip bad sectors when creating an image"
Natan wrote:I've made some testing these days around ntfsclone, but have constated that in several cases, it would hang for no reason. Furthermore, its speed cannot be compared to partimage's. Its only advantage is really the possibility to mount the files it dumps, but so far, my opinion would be to wait until the ntfsprogs folks improve it. Sorry !
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