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From: Jeffrey J. Kosowsky <backuppc@ko...> - 2008-12-08 17:34:47
Filipe Brandenburger wrote at about 09:56:01 -0500 on Monday, December 8, 2008:
> With this thread, I would like to point out that the problem has been
> reported (multiple times) for around 4 months now, and it hasn't been
> officially acknowledged, and although there are patches, there does
> not seem to be a consensus on whether to go ahead with the patch or
> not. That's why I copied the developers specifically on the original
> e-mail. I would really appreciate if they could have a look at the
> issue and the patch and give their opinion on them.
This brings to mind the naive question I have been trying to answer --
- Is there any active development work going on for BackupPC?
- Is there even a roadmap or agreed upon wishlist for future
- Are bug fixes being patched back into the tree?
The reason I ask is that this list has been very quiet and a quick
search through the SCM repository shows the last change was made 11 months
ago (to the french language file) -- and the last general purpose change
was exactly a year ago tomorrow.
In addition to the patch you mention, it is also clear that BackupPC
3.1 as released will not work with Perl 5.10 which is the current
release in many new distros (the fix is easy but I don't see any
evidence of it being put back into the tree)
As I mentioned in my post to the user list, there are several areas
where BackupPC really needs work to bring it up to date and make it
more robust including:
- Support for recent rsync protocols (protocol 28 is just plain
broken and out-of-date - particularly when used with Windows)
- Support for extended attributes, acl's, selinux attributes,
etc. (allowed by protocol 30)
- Better support for ntfs file system restores
- Better error detection, notification, and recovery
In my opinion, additional support for Windows would significantly
extend the usefulness and user base for BackupPC since so many even
dedicated *nix-heads still have to operate in a mixed environment with
at least some desktop Windoze machines and maybe even servers.
Also, a significant number of the help questions on the user list are
due to Windows issues that could be avoided by updating rsync etc.
I think that BackupPC is a GREAT program and a lot of incredible
effort has been put in over the past 8 years -- but there is also a
lot of room for extension and improvement. I'm even willing to help
contribute and troubleshoot to the best of my limited abilities (and I
have already written some utilities for fixing broken pools and
deleting files from backups).
Finally, please don't take this as a complaint or as ungrateful
bitching... my intention is only to stimulate healthy and lively
discussion and hopefully even spur some action to move this project