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From Martin Hewitt <>
Subject Re: Best practice for backing up CouchDB
Date Thu, 05 Apr 2012 15:29:34 GMT
Hi Matthieu,

We could, and, indeed, we do. Our primary backup strategy is the fact we run a cluster of
BigCouch machines, geographically dispersed, to hopefully guard against physical incursions,
datacentre outages and connectivity issues.

This question was borne from a specific client request that we incrementally send them a snapshot
of their databases. Quite why they want this, I have no idea, but battles must be picked carefully,
so here I am!


On 5 Apr 2012, at 16:20, Matthieu Rakotojaona wrote:

> On Thu, Apr 5, 2012 at 4:46 PM, Martin Hewitt <> wrote:
>> Are there any access/locking/permissions issues that anyone's come across?
> Dumb question : couldn't you backup your db directly with another
> instance of couchdb via its replication API ?
> While doing what you're asking might work, I believe this is not what
> couchdb was built for. In fact, I see it more like what a 'dd' would
> do, while a standard couchdb replication is more like a 'cp'. It is a
> higher-level operation, but in the end, what you're interested in are
> the documents.
> --

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