remote backup?

Asked by tommy on 2009-04-15

Is there support for remote backup?

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Craig Huffstetler (xq) said : #1

What exactly is your question or problem with Back in Time? :)

tommy (keenetommy) said : #2

There does not seem to be any way to specify the backup location as a remote location, such as an ftp or ssh server. Am I missing some setting, or is that functionality not yet available?

Craig Huffstetler (xq) said : #3

Right now the ability that it has is to backup over your local network (even if it is a Windows machine -- using Samba, for example). The "remote backup" is a feature request.

If you really need to use remote backup have you tried sbackup:
http://www.ubuntugeek.com/backup-and-restore-your-ubuntu-system-using-sbackup.html

It should also be available in the repositories.

However, to backup using the familiar Back in Time interface is great -- specially over a LAN.

Craig Huffstetler (xq) said : #4

So, for the moment you can mount a samba box - smbfs - or a ssh box - sshfs.

Another option is to always backup your data using Back in Time and then use rsync to automate the backup of your data offsite. Please see:
http://www.linux.com/feature/113847

But, again, if this does not suit you feel free to see sbackup. It should be available via the Ubuntu Repositories as well.

Dan (danleweb) said : #5

You need to mount it with smbfs/sshfs. The problem is that even it rsync allow you to make a remote backup, Back In Time allow you to browse snapshots too. This is why you need to mount it. With version 0.9.22 the application can call a user application (~/.config/backintime/user.callback) at different steps of "take snapshot" process. You can use this to automatic mount/unmount.

HydroModeler (mgdenno) said : #6

I see that this tread is a little bit old, but I am wondering what would I add to the ~/.config/backintime/user.callback file to have it mount a network resource using ssh. Right now the network resource is set up for password-less connection so I can connect by just typing ssh <email address hidden>. I also have a bookmark that opens the directory in Dolphin.

Bart de Koning (bratdaking) said : #7

You can try to add the full url, starting with ssh: to
[profile1.]snapshots.path=ssh:/...
in the config file.
However I never tried it, and most probably it does not work. just try out
backintime -b

If you are able to mount the ssh drive locally, then there is quite a chance
that it works (although cifs for samba drives apparently has an issue with
hardlinks)

Good luck!

2009/11/6 HydroModeler <email address hidden>

> Question #67557 on Back In Time changed:
> https://answers.launchpad.net/backintime/+question/67557
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> HydroModeler requested for more information:
> I see that this tread is a little bit old, but I am wondering what would
> I add to the ~/.config/backintime/user.callback file to have it mount a
> network resource using ssh. Right now the network resource is set up
> for password-less connection so I can connect by just typing ssh
> <email address hidden>. I also have a bookmark that opens the directory in
> Dolphin.
>
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> contact for Back In Time.
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I don't know if this is still an issue or not, but you can accomplish this (at least in linux) by mounting the remote location in your filesystem. I'm using sshfs tool with no problems until now.

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