I've been looking at disk-based backup tools for a few days, and I've
been pretty impressed with Backuppc. It's feature-full, heavily relies
on standard unix tools, and it's thoroughly documented. Congrats.
Just a few comments. It seems there is a "FAQ" web page for backuppc,
which is accessible from v. 2.02's sidebar, and which points to the
v. 1.5 documentation. This may be stupid, but I've just spent half an
hour reading outdated docs. :-p maybe you could fix it?
I'm looking forward to see v 2.1. I'm also really expecting a lot from
Windows ACL support. I see it as the one important missing feature. If
only the samba team could work that out quickly...
I'd be curious to know if rsync support on Windows can be considered
production-grade now. The backuppc documentation does not mention
problems. Do other backuppc users have an opinion on this? Oh, and
the documentation mentions Rsync, but "step 5" still starts with "Two
methods for getting backup data from a client are supported: smb and
Let me get pretentious and draw a wishlist. When you restore a file
directly, there's always a possibility that you'd accidentally
overwrite precious (recent) data. What about creating a new partial
backup with just the few files that are being overwritten (if they
exist)? To make things more intuitive, the CGI interface could try not
to fill that very backup.
Well, I'm a little shy. I won't implement that just now, but I might
look into it later.
I'm curious if BackupPC includes any provision for dealing with clock
drift between backed PCs and the server. It's not uncommon for
computers to be hours off. I believe that most backends compare file
modification time on the client and to the server's clock to figure
which files to back up. If not, then maybe it could get mentioned in
Does anybody have a suggestion on Free Software tools or procedures to
use as a complement to BackupPC for bare-metal recovery on Windows?
I guess one could make do by having Windows dump a daily "system
backup" in a file, backing that file up, and, when recovering,
re-installing Windows from scratch, restoring that backup along with
all the files. Does that sound realistic, and sufficiently efficient,
Ok, that's enough for today.=20
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