Well it has been some time since I wrote, but it has been pretty busy over at work, with one issue after another to be resolved.
We have been having an issue with OpenCMS backups on the shell, even opened up an issue on the dev mailing list (http://lists.opencms.org/pipermail/opencms-dev/2011q2/035562.html) where the backups at the shell were smaller than those from the admin panel.
While pulling out my hair, have lost a bit this year, and reading all available methods I came across exportResourcesAndUserdata which does not seem different from the default method exportResources provided in the wiki, http://opencms-wiki.org/CMS_Shell. Maybe its all the caffeine, but why had I not seen this before.
It takes the same options, and I also remembered that on the admin panel during the database export I select the option to export account data, and voila the backups from the shell and admin panel are almost the same size.
Tomorrow, I am gonna try and carry out a restore to confirm whether I can access the data.
Thats a story for another time…