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Snapshot (backup recovery) Instructions

snapshot is a helpful built-in function of our file server at Illuminati Online. The snapshot directories exist for the purpose of recovering files that may have become corrupt or were deleted. Available snapshots may vary from time to time, but they follow a naming-scheme as follows:

weekly.0 - most recent weekly backup
weekly.1 - second most recent weekly backup
daily.0 - most recent daily backup
daily.1 - second most recent daily backup
daily.2 - third most recent daily backup
daily.3 - fourth most recent daily backup
hourly.0 - most recent hourly backup
hourly.1 - second most recent hourly backup
hourly.2 - third most recent hourly backup
hourly.3 - fourth most recent hourly backup
hourly.4 - fifth most recent hourly backup
hourly.5 - sixth most recent hourly backup
  1. Make sure you are on a host that has a big enough /tmp directory for whatever you are recovering. It is nearly impossible to run through these steps if you are looking to recover over 100 MB.
  2. For this example, we want to recover everything in /home/f/fnord/ as it was 2 weeks ago.
  3. cd /home/.snapshot/weekly.1/f/fnord/
  4. tar -cvpf /tmp/fnord.tar ./
  5. cd ~ (this get you out of snapshot areas)
  6. cd /home/f/fnord/ (the directory we are recovering)
  7. mv /tmp/fnord.tar ./
  8. tar -xvpf fnord.tar
  9. rm fnord.tar
  10. You are done.
This procedure works for almost anything. If, for some reason, this does not work for you, please send e-mail to with information on what steps had trouble.

Last revised August 3, 2000