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btrfs and backups



Hi,

I have a local btrfs file system with various sub-volumes that have
had snapshots done on them.

Is there some tool like rsync that I could copy all the data and
snapshots to a backup system, but still only use the same amount of
space as the source filesystem.
I see a problem being getting a consistent and steady state during the rsync.
I was thinking that I might be able to do this with LVM snapshots, but
that would require something along these lines:
1) pause the btrfs filesystem into a consistent state that can be
mounted cleanly
2) Do LVM snapshot on it.
3) un-pause btrfs filesystem.

I can then do a block level backup of the LVM snapshot and it should
be mountable on the backup server.
So, the snapshot is not a snapshot of the current filesystem, it is a
snapshot of all the snapshots and all the sub-volumes at a particular
time, that is in a stable state to be backed up.

I don't know if 1 is supported?
I suppose I am hoping for 1,2,3 to already be supported by some
special btrfs command.


Any ideas?

Kind Regards

James
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