[CentOS] Size of /var/log/lastlog

Benjamin Smith lists at benjamindsmith.com
Mon Nov 7 21:02:20 UTC 2005

On Sunday 06 November 2005 15:38, Les Mikesell wrote:
> It does make a good test case for whether your backup method
> handles sparse files gracefully, though.  And how long it takes
> to read through even if it does.

Which is exactly how I identified the problem. Our disk2disk backups (via 
rsync) got plowed when we installed a new CentOS 4.1 system and we ended up 
with a lastlog many times the size of the total disk space in the backup 


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