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Server side backup - tar or gzip?


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I do a monthly backup by backing up the database and then FTP downloading every file/folder locally where I then winrar the files.


I would like to create the archive at the server end using an ssh session then FTP the created archive. This should be faster as FTPing all those small files is a slower process than one large archive.


1 - Which would get the better compression - gzip or tar?

2 - What command line parameters should I use?

3 - Winrar can put a recovery record in an archive. Is this possible with gzip or tar?





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