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Permission retention on linux backups?

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My linux admin is worrying about tsm nuking the permissions on our linux box when doing backupos with the client. Its our web server and apperently the permissions are a major thing on it. How well does TSM maintain permission levels when doing a restore? I have poked around but no one seems to think this is an issue. I wanted to ask before I built a seperate linux box to do testing on. Anyone know for certain?
 

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TSM does not touch permissions. Permissions are handled by TSM the way it was setup.

I have tons and tons (literary!) of TSM data files from Linux boxes - and 1/3 are apache web servers - that has no issue with permissions when doing backups/restores.
 
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TSM will restore file permissions no problems.

However I remember reading a while ago, and I'm not sure if it was correct or not and I didn't look into it any further so if somebody could test or verify it - that TSM only keeps one set of permission information for each file backed up including the inactive versions of the same file. The thing I was reading said that if you stuffed up all your file permissions (eg. with an errant chmod -R) , and then did a TSM backup, you wouldn't be able to restore the original permissions any more - you'd get the old data but the new permissions.

Like I said, I'm certainly unsure if this is true but its a 10 minute job to test it out - I don't have access to a server at the moment.

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Edit: Found it, its not exactly what I was saying but still has implications:
http://tsmexpert.blogspot.com/2005_11_01_archive.html
 
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