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SafeKeep: version 1.4.2 (stable) released

This is release 1.4.2 of SafeKeep, a centralized and easy to use backup application that combines the best features of a mirror and an incremental backup.

This is primarily a bug fix update, but what's new in this release:
- Report setup errors in summary reports.
- Added a flag to disable a backup configuration file.
- Added new targets for building Debian source packages.
- A number of bug fixes for Python compatibility and other errors.

Posted by Frank Crawford 2013-06-02

SafeKeep: version 1.4.1 (stable) released

This is release 1.4.1 of SafeKeep, a centralized and easy to use backup application that combines the best features of a mirror and an incremental backup.

What's new in this release:
- A major rework of LVM snapshot handling.
- Generate MIME emails with summary reports.
- Better handling of PostgreSQL passwords.
- Added ability to use LVM snapshots with XFS filesystems.
- Allow use of ~/.safekeep for non-root users.
- Allow default and automatic snapshot sizes.

Posted by Frank Crawford 2013-01-19

SafeKeep: version 1.4.0 (stable) released

This is release 1.4.0 of SafeKeep, a centralized and easy to use
backup application that combines the best features of a mirror
and an incremental backup.

What's new in this release:
- Add the ability to store script files on either client or server.
- Rewritten snapshot creation to remove use of "rbind".
- Automatic cleanup on next run after an abort.
- Support of LVM tagging for snapshots.
- Better handling of messages and tracebacks.
- A number of other code cleanups and bug fixes.
- Updated minimum Python support to Python 2.3.

Posted by Frank Crawford 2012-02-18

SafeKeep: version 1.3.3 (stable) released

This is release 1.3.3 of SafeKeep, a centralized and easy to use
backup application that combines the best features of a mirror
and an incremental backup.

What's new in this release:
- More fixes for dealing with LVM snapshots.
- Better handling of other failure conditions.
- Updates for Python syntax issues and changes.
- Allow specification of a sender address in e-mail messages.
- Better handling of ionice(1).

Posted by Frank Crawford 2011-11-27

Safekeep: version 1.3.2 (stable) released

This is release 1.3.2 of SafeKeep, a centralized and easy to use
backup application that combines the best features of a mirror
and an incremental backup.

What's new in this release:
- Fix a few serios errors preventing safekeep from running.
- More fixes for dealing with LVN snapshots, SSH key delivery.
- Fix a new typos and errors introduced in 1.3.1.
- Improved installation from source (aka 'make install').

Posted by Dimi Paun 2011-03-08

Safekeep: version 1.3.1 (stable) released

This is release 1.3.1 of SafeKeep, a centralized and easy to use
backup application that combines the best features of a mirror
and an incremental backup.

What's new in this release:
- Add ionice(1) support for limiting IO on server side.
- Allow control of nice value on both server and client
- Fix password handling when dumping MySQL databases.
- Fix MySQL dumps when passing a username (for newer versions).
- Handle correctly Unicode strings, such as localized DB names.
- Fix a bug when dumping a specific Postgresql database.
- Prepare the code for newer Python versions
- Try to remove a snapshot up to 10 times in a row to workaround
silly udev bug: https://bugzilla.redhat.com/show_bug.cgi?id=577798
- Multiple internal cleanups, and minor bugs fixes.

Posted by Dimi Paun 2010-11-23

Safekeep: version 1.2.1 (stable) released

This is release 1.2.1 of SafeKeep, a centralized and easy to use
backup application that combines the best features of a mirror
and an incremental backup.

What's new in this release:
- Fix error while trying to nice the server

Posted by Dimi Paun 2009-05-21

Safekeep: version 1.2.0 (stable) released

This is release 1.2.0 of SafeKeep, a centralized and easy to use backup application that combines the best features of a mirror and an incremental backup.

What's new in this release:
- Implement bandwidth limiting, based on trickle
- Add support for niced backup server (defaults to nice +10)
- External callbacks throughout the backup process
- Several minor improvements and fixes in usability
- We now backup all special files by default
- Add pass-through options for the DB dump command
- Allow passing the pgpasswd to PostgreSQL
- Avoid errors for mounts containing spaces
- Correctly handle LVM names that contain dashes
- Fix dopey MySQL dump.

Posted by Dimi Paun 2009-03-30

Safekeep: version 1.0.5 (stable) released

This is release 1.0.5 of SafeKeep, a centralized and easy to use backup application that combines the best features of a mirror and an incremental backup.

What's new in this release:
- Allow providing the password for the DB user used for the DB dump
- Add config option for passing additional flags to rdiff-backup
- Avoid backing up special files by default
- Avoid creating multiple LVM snapshots (avoids some LVM bugs)
- Add new --cleanup option to help recovery from crashes
- Make it easier to package on platforms that don't have asciidoc

Posted by Dimi Paun 2008-10-07

Safekeep: version 1.0.4 (stable) released

SafeKeep is a centralized and easy to use backup application that combines the best features of a mirror and an incremental backup.

This is release 1.0.4 of SafeKeep, a centralized and easy to use backup application that combines the best features of a mirror and an incremental backup.

What's new in this release:
- Add options to allow the query of the backup repository
- Important fixes when dealing with snapshots
- Make it more compatible with Python 2.2 (more work remains)
- Avoid build-time dependency on asciidoc which depends on Python 2.3
- Add some clarifications to the documentation
- Add support for FreeBSD

Posted by Dimi Paun 2008-02-26

Safekeep version 1.0.3 (stable) released

This is release 1.0.3 of SafeKeep, a centralized and easy to use backup application that combines the best features of a mirror and an incremental backup.

What's new in this release:
- Clarify licensing in lite of the new GPLv3 license;
- New --force option to handle unexpected problems with the data repository;
- Better logging and status handling when we invoke external commands
- Clearer backup status on job end.
- A small packaging bug got fixes.

Posted by Dimi Paun 2007-10-19

Safekeep version 1.0.2 (stable) released

This is release 1.0.2 of SafeKeep, a centralized and easy to use
backup application that combines the best features of a mirror
and an incremental backup.

What's new in this release:
- Yet more packaging improvements for integration into Fedora

To find out more about the project visit on our website:
http://safekeep.sourceforge.net

Posted by Dimi Paun 2007-09-07

Safekeep version 1.0.1 (stable) released

This is release 1.0.1 of SafeKeep, a centralized and easy to use
backup application that combines the best features of a mirror
and an incremental backup.

What's new in this release:
- The safekeep user no longer requires a working shell
- Add support for Fedora 7 to the testing script
- Packaging improvements for integration into Fedora
- Remove the old configuration migration scripts
- Do not package the testing script, it's used only during development... read more

Posted by Dimi Paun 2007-06-17

Safekeep version 1.0.0 (stable) released

This is release 1.0.0 of SafeKeep, a centralized and easy to use
backup application that combines the best features of a mirror
and an incremental backup.

What's new in this release:
- Tested support for database (MySQL and PostgreSQL) dumps
- Small documentation improvements.

To find out more about the project visit on our website:
http://safekeep.sourceforge.net

Posted by Dimi Paun 2007-05-16

Safekeep version 0.9.3 (beta) released

This is release 0.9.3 of SafeKeep, a centralized and easy to use
backup application that combines the best features of a mirror
and an incremental backup.

What's new in this release:
- The safekeep account now uses /bin/bash instead of /sbin/nologin,
this makes it possbile to deploy and manage the SSH keys needed
for the backup process;
- Invoke rdiff-backup with the '--force' option when trimming
old data, since there are cases where we can have multiple
deltas outstanding;
- A number of logging bugs have been fixed, now the logs should
look a bit better;
- Some documentation improvements.... read more

Posted by Dimi Paun 2007-04-27

Safekeep version 0.9.2 (beta) released

This is release 0.9.2 of SafeKeep, a centralized and easy to use
backup application that combines the best features of a mirror
and an incremental backup.

What's new in this release:
- Client configuration files have been moved to
/etc/safekeep/backup.d, and have the extension '.backup';
- A new global configuration file has been added in
/etc/safekeep/safekeep.conf;
- A number of command line options have been deprecated;
(-e/--email, -s/--smtp), and moved to the global configuration.
- SafeKeep now knows of the user under which the backup will execute,
making it possible to better deploy keys, avoid the need to invoke
safekeep(1) via sudo(8), and execute the backup as root if need be;
- Relative paths now have more intuitive behaviour;
- Some documentation improvements;
- Automatic migration of old configuration to the new format;
- A CRITICAL (e.g. data loss) race has been fixed.... read more

Posted by Dimi Paun 2007-03-13

SafeKeep version 0.9.1 (beta) released

This is release 0.9.1 of SafeKeep, a centralized and easy to use
backup application that combines the best features of a mirror
and an incremental backup.

What's new in this release:
- Lots of documentation improvements;
- Prepare the RPMs for Fedora acceptance;
- Automatic creation of data store directory;
- A few bug fixes.

To find out more about the project visit on our website:
http://safekeep.sourceforge.net

Posted by Dimi Paun 2007-02-12

SafeKeep version 0.9.0 (beta) released

The SafeKeep team is happy to announce the
first public release of SafeKeep, version 0.9.0.

SafeKeep is a centralized and easy to use backup application that combines the best features of a mirror and an incremental backup.

While the package has not yet reached the 1.0 milestone, it has been tested in a number of different scenarios, and it is expected to
perform correctly. Deviations from expected behaviour are considered bugs. Please report them to the developer mailing list: safekeep-devel@lists.sourceforge.net... read more

Posted by Dimi Paun 2007-02-02