Yesterday I deployed a simple backup based on rdiff-backup on a Windows server machine and our customer had a lot filenames/paths exceeding 250 chars. Every new customer we acquire is having this issue, so my question is, how do you take care of these situations? (there are way too many files to take care of them manually)

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Use another backup solution. rdiff-backup got its last update in 2009. Also their website clearly states

Many users seem to use rdiff-backup on MS Windows but this configuration is less well tested.

That's not what you want.

  • Thank you very much, do you have any suggestion of free reliable software with incremental backups?
    – CSG
    Jan 21, 2015 at 14:59
  • What about the builtin Windows Server Backup?
    – duenni
    Jan 21, 2015 at 15:12
  • Don't you think it will kill the machine's performance?
    – CSG
    Jan 21, 2015 at 15:16
  • I did not experience such a thing. But I also prefer to run these backup jobs at night when there is no/minimum load.
    – duenni
    Jan 21, 2015 at 16:14

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