Started using rdiff-backup on Windows

rdiff-backup is my favorite tool for keeping backups on Linux systems. Today, I started using it on a Windows 7 desktop as well. At first, I used rdiff-backup from the cygwin project, but I soon noticed that, if I did anything else that required moderate hard disk access on the computer on which the cygwin rdiff-backup version was already running, my system suffered from random lockups. For example, if I tried to open Thunderbird, my computer froze for several minutes. I finally decided to try the native Windows release of rdiff-backup and all this strange behavior is now gone. My computer experiences no lock-ups and is usable while rdiff-backup is backing up some subdirectories of my homedir. I am not really sure what is the problem with the cygwin version. However, I intend to investigate this when I have the time, because I use cygwin for several tasks and I’d like to know about any possible incompatibility issues with current Windows versions.

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George Notaras is the editor of G-Loaded Journal, a technical blog about Free and Open-Source Software. George, among other things, is an enthusiast self-taught GNU/Linux system administrator. He has created this web site to share the IT knowledge and experience he has gained over the years with other people. George primarily uses CentOS and Fedora. He has also developed some open-source software projects in his spare time.