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Bad Backup Nearly Obliterated “Toy Story 2”

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We frequently harp on not only keeping data backups, but also on ensuring that your backups are good. (That’s why Adam Engst has designated every Friday the 13th as International Verify Your Backups Day.) It’s inconvenient to lose some recent files or email messages, but a good backup policy is even more essential for larger projects — like an entire movie. Two people involved explain how Pixar nearly lost a year’s worth of work on the movie “Toy Story 2” after someone accidentally entered rm * (the Unix command to delete all files) and the company discovered their backup had been compromised. The film’s salvation came from an unexpected source.Generic Globefollow link

 

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SSteve  2012-05-14 15:21
When I first saw the headline in NetNewsWire I thought it said "Bad breakup...". I pictured Lee Unkrich's jilted fiancée throwing his computer out the second story window.
Could the Apple employee that lost the iPhone prototype at a bar use this case, showing that taking company assets off-site is an appropriate method to protect company projects.