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RE: Backup/Restore

Posted By: Paul Hartman
Date: Sunday, 28 September 2003, at 2:54 p.m.

In Response To: RE: Backup/Restore (Paul Hartman)

Hello ,

This weekend we restored the database and there was a normal restore time.
I really don't know why. Maybe because a third party has made some
impriovement to the network.
Is it possible that a bad network connection,a bad connection from the
tty-terminal with the machine and e.g. a bad connection from ontape with
the terminal can cause performance problems? That day we had a network-dip
and we lost connection with the tty, and ontape too. In that situation ended
ontape his actions , freed his memory and rew the tape.
Could it be that ontape every second watches if the connection exist?

Thanxs in advance,

Paul Hartman

-----Oorspronkelijk bericht-----
Van: []Namens
Paul Hartman
Verzonden: dinsdag 23 september 2003 21:28
Onderwerp: RE: Backup/Restore [1915]

Let me answer all questions and give some future answers:
We're using ontape -r, with a blocksize of 128 Kb
The system is about 8 Gb
I'm NOT restoring any logical logs
The system is NOT busy. sar is about 95% idle.
And the time I'm talking about is just the time for restoring the chunks
The chunks aren't cooked. We use 29 raw chunks.
The log file just describes the start and the end of the restoration. Only
checkpoints are showed.
There can be open transactions. The snapshot (level 0 tape backup) occurs in
bright daylight. The Physical and Logical Recovery takes about 10 minutes.
ACX (Access Control from CA) runs also on the machine as a kernel extension.
But the party that rules that application(Security) doesn't see any

Maybe someone does ring a bell?

Thx in advance,

Paul Hartman

-----Oorspronkelijk bericht-----
Van: Martin Fuerderer []
Verzonden: maandag 22 september 2003 11:57
Aan: Paul Hartman
Onderwerp: Re: Backup/Restore [1908]


the information you're giving is quite general.
Can you be more specific ?

E.g. regarding following considerations:

- what backup/restore method are you using ?
(ON-Bar, ontape, onarchive ?)

- how big is the system that you're backing up ?
(onstat -d output helps counting used pages vs. free
pages ...)

- are you restoring logical logs also ?

- is the system very busy while the backup is taken ?
(re-playing many log records takes some time.)

- are there open transactions when the backup is
taken ? Are they rather long ?
(even when not re-playing logical logs, open transactions
need to be rolled back upon restore. If they were long
at backup time, rollback will take considerable time.)

- are you using cooked files on the restore-system ?
(if they have "size of zero" at restore time, they need to
be "blown up" to the necessary size. On some systems
this can be rather slow.)

- check your OnLine Message Log file of the restored
system. This will tell more specifically, which phase of
the restore takes long.
(If you're using ON-Bar, also check the ON-Bar Activity
Log file.)

I hope this gives you some ideas.

Martin Fuerderer
IBM Informix Development Munich
Data Management Solutions

"Paul Hartman " <>
Sent by:
22.09.2003 09:03

Subject: Backup/Restore [1908]


We're running on AIX 4.3, ids 7.31. The backup of the system lasts for
about 30 minutes, but the restore(on a duplicate test-system) lasts 3
hours. I heard that the restore may last 2 or 3 times the backup time, but
3 hours is too long. Nobody could find anything in soft- or hardware. Does
anybody know this problem on aix-systems, is there a known problem? I'll
be delighted if someone can help us.

Thanks in advance,

Paul Hartman

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