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backup size and configuration for 3-nodes cluster

hi, i have a question about backup size and configuration for 3-nodes cluster.


In my backup script I would like to write a snapshot for a 3-nodes cluster on a shared NFS. My .ini file is like this:



v_vmart_node0001 = host1:/home/dbadmin/backups

v_vmart_node0002 = host2:/home/dbadmin/backups

v_vmart_node0003 = host3:/home/dbadmin/backups


Where /home/dbadmin/backups is on a NFS disk, shared between host1 , host2 and host3 (so it would be the same if I had localhost:/home/dbadmin/backups)


Now, when I look at the data written on the backupDir I don't understand how data is written.

My database data dir is 100Gb and the backupDir has 3 subdirectories (1 for each node, that's correct) 100Gb each. So it's like every node makes its independent snapshot.

I don't use hardlinks and space on disk is evaluated with linux command "du -sh *" on backupdir which doesn't follow any symlink.


I would expect to have more than 100Gb and less than 300Gb in total for a full snapshot of every node: depending on how projections are segmented and replicated. If Every projection was unsegmented and replicated on all nodes the total backup size should be 300Gb (but this is not the case).

Am I wrong to repeat every node? (Is it enough to use mapping for a node only?)


After this total size doubt, 

I also don't understand if backups are correctly done incrementally : 

-every node backupDir has 1 or more *_archive dirs depending on restorePointLimit (2 in my case)

-when running following snapshots with the same .ini the new snapshots' size is not just the new data's : the snapshots are always bigger than the older ones (like if the whole data had changed) and I can't figure out why. If archive n°1 is 100Gb newer snapshots are >=100Gb, I would expect they were 1-10Gb if data had changed 1-10%.

Can you give me any help?



  • Hi Pietro,


    restorePointLimit specifies the number of historical backups to retain in addition to the most recent backup. For example, if you set restorePointLimit=3, HP Vertica saves three historical backups, in addition to the most recent backup, for a total of four backups. By default, HP Vertica maintains a current backup and one historical backup. 


    So yes, if restorePointLimit is set to one, you'll have two archives.

  • That was already clear..
    My question is about backup dimension and incrementals for object-level snapshot with vertica 7

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