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1 =head1 BackupPC Introduction
3 This documentation describes BackupPC version 2.1.0,
4 released on 20 Jun 2004.
6 =head2 Overview
8 BackupPC is a high-performance, enterprise-grade system for backing up
9 Unix, Linux and WinXX PCs, desktops and laptops to a server's disk.
10 BackupPC is highly configurable and easy to install and maintain.
12 Given the ever decreasing cost of disks and raid systems, it is now
13 practical and cost effective to backup a large number of machines onto
14 a server's local disk or network storage. For some sites this might be
15 the complete backup solution. For other sites additional permanent
16 archives could be created by periodically backing up the server to tape.
18 Features include:
20 =over 4
22 =item *
24 A clever pooling scheme minimizes disk storage and disk I/O.
25 Identical files across multiple backups of the same or different PC
26 are stored only once (using hard links), resulting in substantial
27 savings in disk storage and disk writes.
29 =item *
31 Optional compression provides additional reductions in storage
32 (around 40%). The CPU impact of compression is low since only
33 new files (those not already in the pool) need to be compressed.
35 =item *
37 A powerful http/cgi user interface allows administrators to view log
38 files, configuration, current status and allows users to initiate and
39 cancel backups and browse and restore files from backups.
41 =item *
43 The http/cgi user interface has internationalization (i18n) support,
44 currently providing English, French, German, Spanish, Italian
45 and Dutch.
47 =item *
49 No client-side software is needed. On WinXX the standard smb
50 protocol is used to extract backup data. On linux or unix clients,
51 rsync or tar (over ssh/rsh/nfs) is used to extract backup data.
52 Alternatively, rsync can also be used on WinXX (using cygwin),
53 and Samba could be installed on the linux or unix client to
54 provide smb shares).
56 =item *
58 Flexible restore options. Single files can be downloaded from
59 any backup directly from the CGI interface. Zip or Tar archives
60 for selected files or directories from any backup can also be
61 downloaded from the CGI interface. Finally, direct restore to
62 the client machine (using smb or tar) for selected files or
63 directories is also supported from the CGI interface.
65 =item *
67 BackupPC supports mobile environments where laptops are only
68 intermittently connected to the network and have dynamic IP addresses
69 (DHCP). Configuration settings allow machines connected via slower WAN
70 connections (eg: dial up, DSL, cable) to not be backed up, even if they
71 use the same fixed or dynamic IP address as when they are connected
72 directly to the LAN.
74 =item *
76 Flexible configuration parameters allow multiple backups to be performed
77 in parallel, specification of which shares to backup, which directories
78 to backup or not backup, various schedules for full and incremental
79 backups, schedules for email reminders to users and so on. Configuration
80 parameters can be set system-wide or also on a per-PC basis.
82 =item *
84 Users are sent periodic email reminders if their PC has not
85 recently been backed up. Email content, timing and policies
86 are configurable.
88 =item *
90 BackupPC is Open Source software hosted by SourceForge.
92 =back
94 =head2 Backup basics
96 =over 4
98 =item Full Backup
100 A full backup is a complete backup of a share. BackupPC can be
101 configured to do a full backup at a regular interval (typically
102 weekly). BackupPC can be configured to keep a certain number
103 of full backups. Exponential expiry is also supported, allowing
104 full backups with various vintages to be kept (for example, a
105 settable number of most recent weekly fulls, plus a settable
106 number of older fulls that are 2, 4, 8, or 16 weeks apart).
108 =item Incremental Backup
110 An incremental backup is a backup of files that have changed (based on
111 their modification time) since the last successful full backup. For
112 SMB and tar, BackupPC backups all files that have changed since one
113 hour prior to the start of the last successful full backup. Rsync is
114 more clever: any files whose attributes have changed (ie: uid, gid,
115 mtime, modes, size) since the last full are backed up. Deleted, new
116 files and renamed files are detected by Rsync incrementals.
117 In constrast, SMB and tar incrementals are not able to detect deleted
118 files, renamed files or new files whose modification time is prior to
119 the last full dump.
121 BackupPC can also be configured to keep a certain number of incremental
122 backups, and to keep a smaller number of very old incremental backups.
123 (BackupPC does not support multi-level incremental backups, although it
124 will in a future version.)
126 BackupPC's CGI interface "fills-in" incremental backups based on the
127 last full backup, giving every backup a "full" appearance. This makes
128 browsing and restoring backups easier.
130 =item Partial Backup
132 When a full backup fails or is canceled, and some files have already
133 been backed up, BackupPC keeps a partial backup containing just the
134 files that were backed up successfully. The partial backup is removed
135 when the next successful backup completes, or if another full backup
136 fails resulting in a newer partial backup. A failed full backup
137 that has not backed up any files, or any failed incremental backup,
138 is removed; no partial backup is saved in these cases.
140 The partial backup may be browsed or used to restore files just like
141 a successful full or incremental backup.
143 With the rsync transfer method the partial backup is used to resume
144 the next full backup, avoiding the need to retransfer the file data
145 already in the partial backup.
147 =item Identical Files
149 BackupPC pools identical files using hardlinks. By "identical
150 files" we mean files with identical contents, not necessary the
151 same permissions, ownership or modification time. Two files might
152 have different permissions, ownership, or modification time but
153 will still be pooled whenever the contents are identical. This
154 is possible since BackupPC stores the file meta-data (permissions,
155 ownership, and modification time) separately from the file contents.
157 =item Backup Policy
159 Based on your site's requirements you need to decide what your backup
160 policy is. BackupPC is not designed to provide exact re-imaging of
161 failed disks. See L<Limitations|limitations> for more information.
162 However, the addition of tar transport for linux/unix clients, plus
163 full support for special file types and unix attributes in v1.4.0
164 likely means an exact image of a linux/unix file system can be made.
166 BackupPC saves backups onto disk. Because of pooling you can relatively
167 economically keep several weeks of old backups.
169 At some sites the disk-based backup will be adequate, without a
170 secondary tape backup. This system is robust to any single failure: if a
171 client disk fails or loses files, the BackupPC server can be used to
172 restore files. If the server disk fails, BackupPC can be restarted on a
173 fresh file system, and create new backups from the clients. The chance
174 of the server disk failing can be made very small by spending more money
175 on increasingly better RAID systems. However, there is still the risk
176 of catastrophic events like fires or earthquakes that can destroy
177 both the BackupPC server and the clients it is backing up if they
178 are physically nearby.
180 Some sites might choose to do periodic backups to tape or cd/dvd.
181 This backup can be done perhaps weekly using the archive function of
182 BackupPC.
184 Other users have reported success with removable disks to rotate the
185 BackupPC data drives, or using rsync to mirror the BackupPC data pool
186 offsite.
188 =back
190 =head2 Resources
192 =over 4
194 =item BackupPC home page
196 The BackupPC Open Source project is hosted on SourceForge. The
197 home page can be found at:
199 http://backuppc.sourceforge.net
201 This page has links to the current documentation, the SourceForge
202 project page and general information.
204 =item SourceForge project
206 The SourceForge project page is at:
208 http://sourceforge.net/projects/backuppc
210 This page has links to the current releases of BackupPC.
212 =item BackupPC FAQ
214 BackupPC has a FAQ at L<http://backuppc.sourceforge.net/faq>.
216 =item Mail lists
218 Three BackupPC mailing lists exist for announcements (backuppc-announce),
219 developers (backuppc-devel), and a general user list for support, asking
220 questions or any other topic relevant to BackupPC (backuppc-users).
222 The lists are archived on SourceForge and Gmane. The SourceForge lists
223 are not always up to date and the searching is limited, so Gmane is
224 a good alternative. See:
226 http://news.gmane.org/index.php?prefix=gmane.comp.sysutils.backup.backuppc
227 http://sourceforge.net/mailarchive/forum.php?forum_id=503
229 You can subscribe to these lists by visiting:
231 http://lists.sourceforge.net/lists/listinfo/backuppc-announce
232 http://lists.sourceforge.net/lists/listinfo/backuppc-users
233 http://lists.sourceforge.net/lists/listinfo/backuppc-devel
235 The backuppc-announce list is moderated and is used only for
236 important announcements (eg: new versions). It is low traffic.
237 You only need to subscribe to one of backuppc-announce and
238 backuppc-users: backuppc-users also receives any messages on
239 backuppc-announce.
241 The backuppc-devel list is only for developers who are working on BackupPC.
242 Do not post questions or support requests there. But detailed technical
243 discussions should happen on this list.
245 To post a message to the backuppc-users list, send an email to
247 backuppc-users@lists.sourceforge.net
249 Do not send subscription requests to this address!
251 =item Other Programs of Interest
253 If you want to mirror linux or unix files or directories to a remote server
254 you should consider rsync, L<http://rsync.samba.org>. BackupPC now uses
255 rsync as a transport mechanism; if you are already an rsync user you
256 can think of BackupPC as adding efficient storage (compression and
257 pooling) and a convenient user interface to rsync.
259 Unison is a utility that can do two-way, interactive, synchronization.
260 See L<http://www.cis.upenn.edu/~bcpierce/unison>.
262 Three popular open source packages that do tape backup are
263 Amanda (L<http://www.amanda.org>),
264 afbackup (L<http://sourceforge.net/projects/afbackup>), and
265 Bacula (L<http://www.bacula.org>).
266 Amanda can also backup WinXX machines to tape using samba.
267 These packages can be used as back ends to BackupPC to backup the
268 BackupPC server data to tape.
270 Various programs and scripts use rsync to provide hardlinked backups.
271 See, for example, Mike Rubel's site (L<http://www.mikerubel.org/computers/rsync_snapshots>),
272 JW Schultz's dirvish (L<http://www.pegasys.ws/dirvish> (although as of
273 June 2004 this link doesn't work)),
274 Ben Escoto's rdiff-backup (L<http://rdiff-backup.stanford.edu>),
275 and John Bowman's rlbackup (L<http://www.math.ualberta.ca/imaging/rlbackup>).
277 BackupPC provides many additional features, such as compressed storage,
278 hardlinking any matching files (rather than just files with the same name),
279 and storing special files without root privileges. But these other scripts
280 provide simple and effective solutions and are worthy of consideration.
282 =back
284 =head2 Road map
286 The new features planned for future releases of BackupPC
287 are at L<http://backuppc.sourceforge.net/faq/roadMap.html>.
289 Comments and suggestions are welcome.
291 =head2 You can help
293 BackupPC is free. I work on BackupPC because I enjoy doing it and I like
294 to contribute to the open source community.
296 BackupPC already has more than enough features for my own needs. The
297 main compensation for continuing to work on BackupPC is knowing that
298 more and more people find it useful. So feedback is certainly
299 appreciated, both positive and negative.
301 Beyond being a satisfied user and telling other people about it, everyone
302 is encouraged to add links to L<http://backuppc.sourceforge.net>
303 (I'll see then via Google) or otherwise publicize BackupPC. Unlike
304 the commercial products in this space, I have a zero budget (in both
305 time and money) for marketing, PR and advertising, so it's up to
306 all of you! Feel free to vote for BackupPC at
307 L<http://freshmeat.net/projects/backuppc>.
309 Also, everyone is encouraged to contribute patches, bug reports, feature
310 and design suggestions, new code, FAQs, and documentation corrections or
311 improvements. Answering questions on the mail list is a big help too.
313 =head1 Installing BackupPC
315 =head2 Requirements
317 BackupPC requires:
319 =over 4
321 =item *
323 A linux, solaris, or unix based server with a substantial amount of free
324 disk space (see the next section for what that means). The CPU and disk
325 performance on this server will determine how many simultaneous backups
326 you can run. You should be able to run 4-8 simultaneous backups on a
327 moderately configured server.
329 Several users have reported significantly better performance using
330 reiser compared to ext3 for the BackupPC data file system. It is
331 also recommended you consider either an LVM or raid setup (either
332 in HW or SW; eg: 3Ware RAID5) so that you can expand the
333 file system as necessary.
335 When BackupPC starts with an empty pool, all the backup data will be
336 written to the pool on disk. After more backups are done, a higher
337 percentage of incoming files will already be in the pool. BackupPC is
338 able to avoid writing to disk new files that are already in the pool.
339 So over time disk writes will reduce significantly (by perhaps a factor
340 of 20 or more), since eventually 95% or more of incoming backup files
341 are typically in the pool. Disk reads from the pool are still needed to
342 do file compares to verify files are an exact match. So, with a mature
343 pool, if a relatively fast client generates data at say 1MB/sec, and you
344 run 4 simultaneous backups, there will be an average server disk load of
345 about 4MB/sec reads and 0.2MB/sec writes (assuming 95% of the incoming
346 files are in the pool). These rates will be perhaps 40% lower if
347 compression is on.
349 =item *
351 Perl version 5.6.0 or later. BackupPC has been tested with
352 version 5.6.x, and 5.8.x. If you don't have perl, please
353 see L<http://www.cpan.org>.
355 =item *
357 Perl modules Compress::Zlib, Archive::Zip and File::RsyncP. Try "perldoc
358 Compress::Zlib" and "perldoc Archive::Zip" to see if you have these
359 modules. If not, fetch them from L<http://www.cpan.org> and see the
360 instructions below for how to build and install them.
362 The File::RsyncP module is available from L<http://perlrsync.sourceforge.net>
363 or CPAN. You'll need to install the File::RsyncP module if you want to use
364 Rsync as a transport method.
366 =item *
368 If you are using smb to backup WinXX machines you need smbclient and
369 nmblookup from the samba package. You will also need nmblookup if
370 you are backing up linux/unix DHCP machines. See L<http://www.samba.org>.
371 Version 2.2.0 or later of Samba is required.
372 Samba versions 3.x are stable and now recommended instead of 2.x.
374 See L<http://www.samba.org> for source and binaries. It's pretty easy to
375 fetch and compile samba, and just grab smbclient and nmblookup, without
376 doing the installation. Alternatively, L<http://www.samba.org> has binary
377 distributions for most platforms.
379 =item *
381 If you are using tar to backup linux/unix machines you should have version
382 1.13.7 at a minimum, with version 1.13.20 or higher recommended. Use
383 "tar --version" to check your version. Various GNU mirrors have the newest
384 versions of tar, see for example L<http://www.funet.fi/pub/gnu/alpha/gnu/tar>.
385 As of June 2003 the latest version is 1.13.25.
387 =item *
389 If you are using rsync to backup linux/unix machines you should have
390 version 2.5.5 or higher on each client machine. See
391 L<http://rsync.samba.org>. Use "rsync --version" to check your version.
393 For BackupPC to use Rsync you will also need to install the perl
394 File::RsyncP module, which is available from
395 L<http://perlrsync.sourceforge.net>.
396 Version 0.52 or later is required.
398 =item *
400 The Apache web server, see L<http://www.apache.org>, preferably built
401 with mod_perl support.
403 =back
405 =head2 How much disk space do I need?
407 Here's one real example for an environment that is backing up 65 laptops
408 with compression off. Each full backup averages 3.2GB. Each incremental
409 backup averages about 0.2GB. Storing one full backup and two incremental
410 backups per laptop is around 240GB of raw data. But because of the
411 pooling of identical files, only 87GB is used. This is without
412 compression.
414 Another example, with compression on: backing up 95 laptops, where
415 each backup averages 3.6GB and each incremental averages about 0.3GB.
416 Keeping three weekly full backups, and six incrementals is around
417 1200GB of raw data. Because of pooling and compression, only 150GB
418 is needed.
420 Here's a rule of thumb. Add up the disk usage of all the machines you
421 want to backup (210GB in the first example above). This is a rough
422 minimum space estimate that should allow a couple of full backups and at
423 least half a dozen incremental backups per machine. If compression is on
424 you can reduce the storage requirements by maybe 30-40%. Add some margin
425 in case you add more machines or decide to keep more old backups.
427 Your actual mileage will depend upon the types of clients, operating
428 systems and applications you have. The more uniform the clients and
429 applications the bigger the benefit from pooling common files.
431 For example, the Eudora email tool stores each mail folder in a separate
432 file, and attachments are extracted as separate files. So in the sadly
433 common case of a large attachment emailed to many recipients, Eudora
434 will extract the attachment into a new file. When these machines are
435 backed up, only one copy of the file will be stored on the server, even
436 though the file appears in many different full or incremental backups. In
437 this sense Eudora is a "friendly" application from the point of view of
438 backup storage requirements.
440 An example at the other end of the spectrum is Outlook. Everything
441 (email bodies, attachments, calendar, contact lists) is stored in a
442 single file, which often becomes huge. Any change to this file requires
443 a separate copy of the file to be saved during backup. Outlook is even
444 more troublesome, since it keeps this file locked all the time, so it
445 cannot be read by smbclient whenever Outlook is running. See the
446 L<Limitations|limitations> section for more discussion of this problem.
448 In addition to total disk space, you shold make sure you have
449 plenty of inodes on your BackupPC data partition. Some users have
450 reported running out of inodes on their BackupPC data partition.
451 So even if you have plenty of disk space, BackupPC will report
452 failures when the inodes are exhausted. This is a particular
453 problem with ext2/ext3 file systems that have a fixed number of
454 inodes when the file system is built. Use "df -i" to see your
455 inode usage.
457 =head2 Step 1: Getting BackupPC
459 Some linux distributions now include BackupPC. The Debian
460 distribution, supprted by Ludovic Drolez, can be found at
461 L<http://packages.debian.org/backuppc>; it should be included
462 in the next stable Debian release. On Debian, BackupPC can
463 be installed with the command:
465 apt-get install backuppc
467 In the future there might be packages for Gentoo and other
468 linux flavors. If the packaged version is older than the
469 released version then you will probably want to install the
470 lastest version as described below.
472 Otherwise, manually fetching and installing BackupPC is easy.
473 Start by downloading the latest version from
474 L<http://backuppc.sourceforge.net>. Hit the "Code" button,
475 then select the "backuppc" or "backuppc-beta" package and
476 download the latest version.
478 =head2 Step 2: Installing the distribution
480 First off, there are three perl modules you should install.
481 These are all optional, but highly recommended:
483 =over 4
485 =item Compress::Zlib
487 To enable compression, you will need to install Compress::Zlib
488 from L<http://www.cpan.org>.
489 You can run "perldoc Compress::Zlib" to see if this module is installed.
491 =item Archive::Zip
493 To support restore via Zip archives you will need to install
494 Archive::Zip, also from L<http://www.cpan.org>.
495 You can run "perldoc Archive::Zip" to see if this module is installed.
497 =item File::RsyncP
499 To use rsync and rsyncd with BackupPC you will need to install File::RsyncP.
500 You can run "perldoc File::RsyncP" to see if this module is installed.
501 File::RsyncP is available from L<http://perlrsync.sourceforge.net>.
502 Version 0.52 or later is required.
504 =back
506 To build and install these packages, fetch the tar.gz file and
507 then run these commands:
509 tar zxvf Archive-Zip-1.01.tar.gz
510 cd Archive-Zip-1.01
511 perl Makefile.PL
512 make
513 make test
514 make install
516 The same sequence of commands can be used for each module.
518 Now let's move onto BackupPC itself. After fetching
519 BackupPC-2.1.0.tar.gz, run these commands as root:
521 tar zxf BackupPC-2.1.0.tar.gz
522 cd BackupPC-2.1.0
523 perl configure.pl
525 In the future this release might also have patches available on the
526 SourceForge site. These patch files are text files, with a name of
527 the form
529 BackupPC-2.1.0plN.diff
531 where N is the patch level, eg: pl5 is patch-level 5. These
532 patch files are cumulative: you only need apply the last patch
533 file, not all the earlier patch files. If a patch file is
534 available, eg: BackupPC-2.1.0pl5.diff, you should apply
535 the patch after extracting the tar file:
537 # fetch BackupPC-2.1.0.tar.gz
538 # fetch BackupPC-2.1.0pl5.diff
539 tar zxf BackupPC-2.1.0.tar.gz
540 cd BackupPC-2.1.0
541 patch -p0 < ../BackupPC-2.1.0pl5.diff
542 perl configure.pl
544 A patch file includes comments that describe that bug fixes
545 and changes. Feel free to review it before you apply the patch.
547 The configure.pl script also accepts command-line options if you
548 wish to run it in a non-interactive manner. It has self-contained
549 documentation for all the command-line options, which you can
550 read with perldoc:
552 perldoc configure.pl
554 When you run configure.pl you will be prompted for the full paths
555 of various executables, and you will be prompted for the following
556 information:
558 =over 4
560 =item BackupPC User
562 It is best if BackupPC runs as a special user, eg backuppc, that has
563 limited privileges. It is preferred that backuppc belongs to a system
564 administrator group so that sys admin members can browse backuppc files,
565 edit the configuration files and so on. Although configurable, the
566 default settings leave group read permission on pool files, so make
567 sure the BackupPC user's group is chosen restrictively.
569 On this installation, this is __BACKUPPCUSER__.
571 =item Data Directory
573 You need to decide where to put the data directory, below which
574 all the BackupPC data is stored. This needs to be a big file system.
576 On this installation, this is __TOPDIR__.
578 =item Install Directory
580 You should decide where the BackupPC scripts, libraries and documentation
581 should be installed, eg: /opt/local/BackupPC.
583 On this installation, this is __INSTALLDIR__.
585 =item CGI bin Directory
587 You should decide where the BackupPC CGI script resides. This will
588 usually below Apache's cgi-bin directory.
590 On this installation, this is __CGIDIR__.
592 =item Apache image directory
594 A directory where BackupPC's images are stored so that Apache can
595 serve them. This should be somewhere under Apache's DocumentRoot
596 directory.
598 =back
600 =head2 Step 3: Setting up config.pl
602 After running configure.pl, browse through the config file,
603 __INSTALLDIR__/conf/config.pl, and make sure all the default settings
604 are correct. In particular, you will need to decide whether to use
605 smb, tar or rsync transport (or whether to set it on a per-PC basis)
606 and set the relevant parameters for that transport method.
607 See the section L<Client Setup|step 5: client setup> for more details.
609 =head2 Step 4: Setting up the hosts file
611 The file __TOPDIR__/conf/hosts contains the list of clients to backup.
612 BackupPC reads this file in three cases:
614 =over 4
616 =item *
618 Upon startup.
620 =item *
622 When BackupPC is sent a HUP (-1) signal. Assuming you installed the
623 init.d script, you can also do this with "/etc/init.d/backuppc reload".
625 =item *
627 When the modification time of the hosts file changes. BackupPC
628 checks the modification time once during each regular wakeup.
630 =back
632 Whenever you change the hosts file (to add or remove a host) you can
633 either do a kill -HUP BackupPC_pid or simply wait until the next regular
634 wakeup period.
636 Each line in the hosts file contains three fields, separated
637 by white space:
639 =over 4
641 =item Host name
643 This is typically the host name or NetBios name of the client machine
644 and should be in lower case. The host name can contain spaces (escape
645 with a backslash), but it is not recommended.
647 Please read the section L<How BackupPC Finds Hosts|how backuppc finds hosts>.
649 In certain cases you might want several distinct clients to refer
650 to the same physical machine. For example, you might have a database
651 you want to backup, and you want to bracket the backup of the database
652 with shutdown/restart using $Conf{DumpPreUserCmd} and $Conf{DumpPostUserCmd}.
653 But you also want to backup the rest of the machine while the database
654 is still running. In the case you can specify two different clients in
655 the host file, using any mnemonic name (eg: myhost_mysql and myhost), and
656 use $Conf{ClientNameAlias} in myhost_mysql's config.pl to specify the
657 real host name of the machine.
659 =item DHCP flag
661 Starting with v2.0.0 the way hosts are discovered has changed and now
662 in most cases you should specify 0 for the DHCP flag, even if the host
663 has a dynamically assigned IP address.
664 Please read the section L<How BackupPC Finds Hosts|how backuppc finds hosts>
665 to understand whether you need to set the DHCP flag.
667 You only need to set DHCP to 1 if your client machine doesn't
668 respond to the NetBios multicast request:
670 nmblookup myHost
672 but does respond to a request directed to its IP address:
674 nmblookup -A W.X.Y.Z
676 If you do set DHCP to 1 on any client you will need to specify the range of
677 DHCP addresses to search is specified in $Conf{DHCPAddressRanges}.
679 Note also that the $Conf{ClientNameAlias} feature does not work for
680 clients with DHCP set to 1.
682 =item User name
684 This should be the unix login/email name of the user who "owns" or uses
685 this machine. This is the user who will be sent email about this
686 machine, and this user will have permission to stop/start/browse/restore
687 backups for this host. Leave this blank if no specific person should
688 receive email or be allowed to stop/start/browse/restore backups
689 for this host. Administrators will still have full permissions.
691 =item More users
693 Additional user names, separate by commas and with no white space,
694 can be specified. These users will also have full permission in
695 the CGI interface to stop/start/browse/restore backups for this host.
696 These users will not be sent email about this host.
698 =back
700 The first non-comment line of the hosts file is special: it contains
701 the names of the columns and should not be edited.
703 Here's a simple example of a hosts file:
705 host dhcp user moreUsers
706 farside 0 craig jim,dave
707 larson 1 gary andy
709 =head2 Step 5: Client Setup
711 Two methods for getting backup data from a client are supported: smb and
712 tar. Smb or rsync are the preferred methods for WinXX clients and rsync or
713 tar are the preferred methods for linux/unix clients.
715 The transfer method is set using the $Conf{XferMethod} configuration
716 setting. If you have a mixed environment (ie: you will use smb for some
717 clients and tar for others), you will need to pick the most common
718 choice for $Conf{XferMethod} for the main config.pl file, and then
719 override it in the per-PC config file for those hosts that will use
720 the other method. (Or you could run two completely separate instances
721 of BackupPC, with different data directories, one for WinXX and the
722 other for linux/unix, but then common files between the different
723 machine types will duplicated.)
725 Here are some brief client setup notes:
727 =over 4
729 =item WinXX
731 The preferred setup for WinXX clients is to set $Conf{XferMethod} to "smb".
732 (Actually, for v2.0.0, rsyncd is the better method for WinXX if you are
733 prepared to run rsync/cygwin on your WinXX client. More information
734 about this will be provided via the FAQ.)
736 If you want to use rsyncd for WinXX clients you can find a pre-packaged
737 zip file on L<http://backuppc.sourceforge.net>. The package is called
738 cygwin-rsync. It contains rsync.exe, template setup files and the
739 minimal set of cygwin libraries for everything to run. The README file
740 contains instructions for running rsync as a service, so it starts
741 automatically everytime you boot your machine.
743 If you build your own rsync, for rsync 2.6.2 it is strongly
744 recommended you apply the patch in the cygwin-rsync package on
745 L<http://backuppc.sourceforge.net>. This patch adds the --checksum-seed
746 option for checksum caching, and also sends all errors to the client,
747 which is important so BackupPC can log all file access errors.
749 Otherwise, to use SMB, you need to create shares for the data you want
750 to backup. Open "My Computer", right click on the drive (eg: C), and
751 select "Sharing..." (or select "Properties" and select the "Sharing"
752 tab). In this dialog box you can enable sharing, select the share name
753 and permissions. Many machines will be configured by default to share
754 the entire C drive as C$ using the administrator password.
756 If this machine uses DHCP you will also need to make sure the
757 NetBios name is set. Go to Control Panel|System|Network Identification
758 (on Win2K) or Control Panel|System|Computer Name (on WinXP).
759 Also, you should go to Control Panel|Network Connections|Local Area
760 Connection|Properties|Internet Protocol (TCP/IP)|Properties|Advanced|WINS
761 and verify that NetBios is not disabled.
763 The relevant configuration settings are $Conf{SmbShareName},
764 $Conf{SmbShareUserName}, $Conf{SmbSharePasswd}, $Conf{SmbClientPath},
765 $Conf{SmbClientFullCmd}, $Conf{SmbClientIncrCmd} and
766 $Conf{SmbClientRestoreCmd}.
768 BackupPC needs to know the smb share user name and password for a
769 client machine that uses smb. The user name is specified in
770 $Conf{SmbShareUserName}. There are four ways to tell BackupPC the
771 smb share password:
773 =over 4
775 =item *
777 As an environment variable BPC_SMB_PASSWD set before BackupPC starts.
778 If you start BackupPC manually the BPC_SMB_PASSWD variable must be set
779 manually first. For backward compatibility for v1.5.0 and prior, the
780 environment variable PASSWD can be used if BPC_SMB_PASSWD is not set.
781 Warning: on some systems it is possible to see environment variables of
782 running processes.
784 =item *
786 Alternatively the BPC_SMB_PASSWD setting can be included in
787 /etc/init.d/backuppc, in which case you must make sure this file
788 is not world (other) readable.
790 =item *
792 As a configuration variable $Conf{SmbSharePasswd} in
793 __TOPDIR__/conf/config.pl. If you put the password
794 here you must make sure this file is not world (other) readable.
796 =item *
798 As a configuration variable $Conf{SmbSharePasswd} in the per-PC
799 configuration file, __TOPDIR__/pc/$host/config.pl. You will have to
800 use this option if the smb share password is different for each host.
801 If you put the password here you must make sure this file is not
802 world (other) readable.
804 =back
806 Placement and protection of the smb share password is a possible
807 security risk, so please double-check the file and directory
808 permissions. In a future version there might be support for
809 encryption of this password, but a private key will still have to
810 be stored in a protected place. Suggestions are welcome.
812 As an alternative to setting $Conf{XferMethod} to "smb" (using
813 smbclient) for WinXX clients, you can use an smb network filesystem (eg:
814 ksmbfs or similar) on your linux/unix server to mount the share,
815 and then set $Conf{XferMethod} to "tar" (use tar on the network
816 mounted file system).
818 Also, to make sure that file names with 8-bit characters are correctly
819 transferred by smbclient you should add this to samba's smb.conf file
820 for samba 2.x:
822 [global]
823 # Accept the windows charset
824 client code page = 850
825 character set = ISO8859-1
827 For samba 3.x this should instead be:
829 [global]
830 unix charset = ISO8859-1
832 This setting should work for western europe.
833 See L<http://www.oreilly.com/catalog/samba/chapter/book/ch08_03.html>
834 for more information about settings for other languages.
836 =item Linux/Unix
838 The preferred setup for linux/unix clients is to set $Conf{XferMethod}
839 to "rsync", "rsyncd" or "tar".
841 You can use either rsync, smb, or tar for linux/unix machines. Smb requires
842 that the Samba server (smbd) be run to provide the shares. Since the smb
843 protocol can't represent special files like symbolic links and fifos,
844 tar and rsync are the better transport methods for linux/unix machines.
845 (In fact, by default samba makes symbolic links look like the file or
846 directory that they point to, so you could get an infinite loop if a
847 symbolic link points to the current or parent directory. If you really
848 need to use Samba shares for linux/unix backups you should turn off the
849 "follow symlinks" samba config setting. See the smb.conf manual page.)
851 The requirements for each Xfer Method are:
853 =over 4
855 =item tar
857 You must have GNU tar on the client machine. Use "tar --version"
858 or "gtar --version" to verify. The version should be at least
859 1.13.7, and 1.13.20 or greater is recommended. Tar is run on
860 the client machine via rsh or ssh.
862 The relevant configuration settings are $Conf{TarClientPath},
863 $Conf{TarShareName}, $Conf{TarClientCmd}, $Conf{TarFullArgs},
864 $Conf{TarIncrArgs}, and $Conf{TarClientRestoreCmd}.
866 =item rsync
868 You should have at least rsync 2.5.5, and the latest version 2.5.6
869 is recommended. Rsync is run on the remote client via rsh or ssh.
871 The relevant configuration settings are $Conf{RsyncClientPath},
872 $Conf{RsyncClientCmd}, $Conf{RsyncClientRestoreCmd}, $Conf{RsyncShareName},
873 $Conf{RsyncArgs}, and $Conf{RsyncRestoreArgs}.
875 =item rsyncd
877 You should have at least rsync 2.5.5, and the latest version 2.6.2
878 is recommended. In this case the rsync daemon should be running on
879 the client machine and BackupPC connects directly to it.
881 The relevant configuration settings are $Conf{RsyncdClientPort},
882 $Conf{RsyncdUserName}, $Conf{RsyncdPasswd}, $Conf{RsyncdAuthRequired},
883 $Conf{RsyncShareName}, $Conf{RsyncArgs}, and $Conf{RsyncRestoreArgs}.
884 $Conf{RsyncShareName} is the name of an rsync module (ie: the thing
885 in square brackets in rsyncd's conf file -- see rsyncd.conf), not a
886 file system path.
888 Be aware that rsyncd will remove the leading '/' from path names in
889 symbolic links if you specify "use chroot = no" in the rsynd.conf file.
890 See the rsyncd.conf manual page for more information.
892 =back
894 For linux/unix machines you should not backup "/proc". This directory
895 contains a variety of files that look like regular files but they are
896 special files that don't need to be backed up (eg: /proc/kcore is a
897 regular file that contains physical memory). See $Conf{BackupFilesExclude}.
898 It is safe to back up /dev since it contains mostly character-special
899 and block-special files, which are correctly handed by BackupPC
900 (eg: backing up /dev/hda5 just saves the block-special file information,
901 not the contents of the disk).
903 Alternatively, rather than backup all the file systems as a single
904 share ("/"), it is easier to restore a single file system if you backup
905 each file system separately. To do this you should list each file system
906 mount point in $Conf{TarShareName} or $Conf{RsyncShareName}, and add the
907 --one-file-system option to $Conf{TarClientCmd} or add --one-file-system
908 (note the different punctuation) to $Conf{RsyncArgs}. In this case there
909 is no need to exclude /proc explicitly since it looks like a different
910 file system.
912 Next you should decide whether to run tar over ssh, rsh or nfs. Ssh is
913 the preferred method. Rsh is not secure and therefore not recommended.
914 Nfs will work, but you need to make sure that the BackupPC user (running
915 on the server) has sufficient permissions to read all the files below
916 the nfs mount.
918 Ssh allows BackupPC to run as a privileged user on the client (eg:
919 root), since it needs sufficient permissions to read all the backup
920 files. Ssh is setup so that BackupPC on the server (an otherwise low
921 privileged user) can ssh as root on the client, without being prompted
922 for a password. There are two common versions of ssh: v1 and v2. Here
923 are some instructions for one way to setup ssh. (Check which version
924 of SSH you have by typing "ssh" or "man ssh".)
926 =item Mac OS X
928 In general this should be similar to Linux/Unix machines.
929 Mark Stosberg reports that you can also use hfstar.
930 See L<http://fink.sourceforge.net/pdb/package.php/hfstar>.
932 =item SSH Setup
934 SSH is a secure way to run tar or rsync on a backup client to extract
935 the data. SSH provides strong authentication and encryption of
936 the network data.
938 Note that if you run rsyncd (rsync daemon), ssh is not used.
939 In this case, rsyncd provides its own authentication, but there
940 is no encryption of network data. If you want encryption of
941 network data you can use ssh to create a tunnel, or use a
942 program like stunnel. If someone submits instructions I
944 Setup instructions for ssh are at
945 L<http://backuppc.sourceforge.net/faq/ssh.html>.
947 =item Clients that use DHCP
949 If a client machine uses DHCP BackupPC needs some way to find the
950 IP address given the host name. One alternative is to set dhcp
951 to 1 in the hosts file, and BackupPC will search a pool of IP
952 addresses looking for hosts. More efficiently, it is better to
953 set dhcp = 0 and provide a mechanism for BackupPC to find the
954 IP address given the host name.
956 For WinXX machines BackupPC uses the NetBios name server to determine
957 the IP address given the host name.
958 For unix machines you can run nmbd (the NetBios name server) from
959 the Samba distribution so that the machine responds to a NetBios
960 name request. See the manual page and Samba documentation for more
961 information.
963 Alternatively, you can set $Conf{NmbLookupFindHostCmd} to any command
964 that returns the IP address given the host name.
966 Please read the section L<How BackupPC Finds Hosts|how backuppc finds hosts>
967 for more details.
969 =back
971 =head2 Step 6: Running BackupPC
973 The installation contains an init.d backuppc script that can be copied
974 to /etc/init.d so that BackupPC can auto-start on boot.
975 See init.d/README for further instructions.
977 BackupPC should be ready to start. If you installed the init.d script,
978 then you should be able to run BackupPC with:
980 /etc/init.d/backuppc start
982 (This script can also be invoked with "stop" to stop BackupPC and "reload"
983 to tell BackupPC to reload config.pl and the hosts file.)
985 Otherwise, just run
987 __INSTALLDIR__/bin/BackupPC -d
989 as user __BACKUPPCUSER__. The -d option tells BackupPC to run as a daemon
990 (ie: it does an additional fork).
992 Any immediate errors will be printed to stderr and BackupPC will quit.
993 Otherwise, look in __TOPDIR__/log/LOG and verify that BackupPC reports
994 it has started and all is ok.
996 =head2 Step 7: Talking to BackupPC
998 Note: as of version 1.5.0, BackupPC no longer supports telnet
999 to its TCP port. First off, a unix domain socket is used
1000 instead of a TCP port. (The TCP port can still be re-enabled
1001 if your installation has apache and BackupPC running on different
1002 machines.) Secondly, even if you still use the TCP port, the
1003 messages exchanged over this interface are now protected by
1004 an MD5 digest based on a shared secret (see $Conf{ServerMesgSecret})
1005 as well as sequence numbers and per-session unique keys, preventing
1006 forgery and replay attacks.
1008 You should verify that BackupPC is running by using BackupPC_serverMesg.
1009 This sends a message to BackupPC via the unix (or TCP) socket and prints
1010 the response.
1012 You can request status information and start and stop backups using this
1013 interface. This socket interface is mainly provided for the CGI interface
1014 (and some of the BackupPC sub-programs use it too). But right now we just
1015 want to make sure BackupPC is happy. Each of these commands should
1016 produce some status output:
1018 __INSTALLDIR__/bin/BackupPC_serverMesg status info
1019 __INSTALLDIR__/bin/BackupPC_serverMesg status jobs
1020 __INSTALLDIR__/bin/BackupPC_serverMesg status hosts
1022 The output should be some hashes printed with Data::Dumper. If it
1023 looks cryptic and confusing, and doesn't look like an error message,
1024 then all is ok.
1026 The jobs status should initially show just BackupPC_trashClean.
1027 The hosts status should produce a list of every host you have listed
1028 in __TOPDIR__/conf/hosts as part of a big cryptic output line.
1030 You can also request that all hosts be queued:
1032 __INSTALLDIR__/bin/BackupPC_serverMesg backup all
1034 At this point you should make sure the CGI interface works since
1035 it will be much easier to see what is going on. That's our
1036 next subject.
1038 =head2 Step 8: CGI interface
1040 The CGI interface script, BackupPC_Admin, is a powerful and flexible
1041 way to see and control what BackupPC is doing. It is written for an
1042 Apache server. If you don't have Apache, see L<http://www.apache.org>.
1044 There are two options for setting up the CGI interface: standard
1045 mode and using mod_perl. Mod_perl provides much higher performance
1046 (around 15x) and is the best choice if your Apache was built with
1047 mod_perl support. To see if your apache was built with mod_perl
1048 run this command:
1050 httpd -l | egrep mod_perl
1052 If this prints mod_perl.c then your Apache supports mod_perl.
1054 Using mod_perl with BackupPC_Admin requires a dedicated Apache
1055 to be run as the BackupPC user (__BACKUPPCUSER__). This is
1056 because BackupPC_Admin needs permission to access various files
1057 in BackupPC's data directories. In contrast, the standard
1058 installation (without mod_perl) solves this problem by having
1059 BackupPC_Admin installed as setuid to the BackupPC user, so that
1060 BackupPC_Admin runs as the BackuPC user.
1062 Here are some specifics for each setup:
1064 =over 4
1066 =item Standard Setup
1068 The CGI interface should have been installed by the configure.pl script
1069 in __CGIDIR__/BackupPC_Admin. BackupPC_Admin should have been installed
1070 as setuid to the BackupPC user (__BACKUPPCUSER__), in addition to user
1071 and group execute permission.
1073 You should be very careful about permissions on BackupPC_Admin and
1074 the directory __CGIDIR__: it is important that normal users cannot
1075 directly execute or change BackupPC_Admin, otherwise they can access
1076 backup files for any PC. You might need to change the group ownership
1077 of BackupPC_Admin to a group that Apache belongs to so that Apache
1078 can execute it (don't add "other" execute permission!).
1079 The permissions should look like this:
1081 ls -l __CGIDIR__/BackupPC_Admin
1082 -swxr-x--- 1 __BACKUPPCUSER__ web 82406 Jun 17 22:58 __CGIDIR__/BackupPC_Admin
1084 The setuid script won't work unless perl on your machine was installed
1085 with setuid emulation. This is likely the problem if you get an error
1086 saying such as "Wrong user: my userid is 25, instead of 150", meaning
1087 the script is running as the httpd user, not the BackupPC user.
1088 This is because setuid scripts are disabled by the kernel in most
1089 flavors of unix and linux.
1091 To see if your perl has setuid emulation, see if there is a program
1092 called sperl5.6.0 (or sperl5.8.2 etc, based on your perl version)
1093 in the place where perl is installed. If you can't find this program,
1094 then you have two options: rebuild and reinstall perl with the setuid
1095 emulation turned on (answer "y" to the question "Do you want to do
1096 setuid/setgid emulation?" when you run perl's configure script), or
1097 switch to the mod_perl alternative for the CGI script (which doesn't
1098 need setuid to work).
1100 =item Mod_perl Setup
1102 The advantage of the mod_perl setup is that no setuid script is needed,
1103 and there is a huge performance advantage. Not only does all the perl
1104 code need to be parsed just once, the config.pl and hosts files, plus
1105 the connection to the BackupPC server are cached between requests. The
1106 typical speedup is around 15 times.
1108 To use mod_perl you need to run Apache as user __BACKUPPCUSER__.
1109 If you need to run multiple Apache's for different services then
1110 you need to create multiple top-level Apache directories, each
1111 with their own config file. You can make copies of /etc/init.d/httpd
1112 and use the -d option to httpd to point each http to a different
1113 top-level directory. Or you can use the -f option to explicitly
1114 point to the config file. Multiple Apache's will run on different
1115 Ports (eg: 80 is standard, 8080 is a typical alternative port accessed
1116 via http://yourhost.com:8080).
1118 Inside BackupPC's Apache http.conf file you should check the
1119 settings for ServerRoot, DocumentRoot, User, Group, and Port. See
1120 L<http://httpd.apache.org/docs/server-wide.html> for more details.
1122 For mod_perl, BackupPC_Admin should not have setuid permission, so
1123 you should turn it off:
1125 chmod u-s __CGIDIR__/BackupPC_Admin
1127 To tell Apache to use mod_perl to execute BackupPC_Admin, add this
1128 to Apache's 1.x httpd.conf file:
1130 <IfModule mod_perl.c>
1131 PerlModule Apache::Registry
1132 PerlTaintCheck On
1133 <Location /cgi-bin/BackupPC/BackupPC_Admin> # <--- change path as needed
1134 SetHandler perl-script
1135 PerlHandler Apache::Registry
1136 Options ExecCGI
1137 PerlSendHeader On
1138 </Location>
1139 </IfModule>
1141 Apache 2.0.44 with Perl 5.8.0 on RedHat 7.1, Don Silvia reports that
1142 this works (with tweaks from Michael Tuzi):
1144 LoadModule perl_module modules/mod_perl.so
1145 PerlModule Apache2
1147 <Directory /path/to/cgi/>
1148 SetHandler perl-script
1149 PerlResponseHandler ModPerl::Registry
1150 PerlOptions +ParseHeaders
1151 Options +ExecCGI
1152 Order deny,allow
1153 Deny from all
1154 Allow from 192.168.0
1155 AuthName "Backup Admin"
1156 AuthType Basic
1157 AuthUserFile /path/to/user_file
1158 Require valid-user
1159 </Directory>
1161 There are other optimizations and options with mod_perl. For
1162 example, you can tell mod_perl to preload various perl modules,
1163 which saves memory compared to loading separate copies in every
1164 Apache process after they are forked. See Stas's definitive
1165 mod_perl guide at L<http://perl.apache.org/guide>.
1167 =back
1169 BackupPC_Admin requires that users are authenticated by Apache.
1170 Specifically, it expects that Apache sets the REMOTE_USER environment
1171 variable when it runs. There are several ways to do this. One way
1172 is to create a .htaccess file in the cgi-bin directory that looks like:
1174 AuthGroupFile /etc/httpd/conf/group # <--- change path as needed
1175 AuthUserFile /etc/http/conf/passwd # <--- change path as needed
1176 AuthType basic
1177 AuthName "access"
1178 require valid-user
1180 You will also need "AllowOverride Indexes AuthConfig" in the Apache
1181 httpd.conf file to enable the .htaccess file. Alternatively, everything
1182 can go in the Apache httpd.conf file inside a Location directive. The
1183 list of users and password file above can be extracted from the NIS
1184 passwd file.
1186 One alternative is to use LDAP. In Apache's http.conf add these lines:
1188 LoadModule auth_ldap_module modules/auth_ldap.so
1189 AddModule auth_ldap.c
1191 # cgi-bin - auth via LDAP (for BackupPC)
1192 <Location /cgi-binBackupPC/BackupPC_Admin> # <--- change path as needed
1193 AuthType Basic
1194 AuthName "BackupPC login"
1195 # replace MYDOMAIN, PORT, ORG and CO as needed
1196 AuthLDAPURL ldap://ldap.MYDOMAIN.com:PORT/o=ORG,c=CO?uid?sub?(objectClass=*)
1197 require valid-user
1198 </Location>
1200 If you want to disable the user authentication you can set
1201 $Conf{CgiAdminUsers} to '*', which allows any user to have
1202 full access to all hosts and backups. In this case the REMOTE_USER
1203 environment variable does not have to be set by Apache.
1205 Alternatively, you can force a particular user name by getting Apache
1206 to set REMOTE_USER, eg, to hardcode the user to www you could add
1207 this to Apache's httpd.conf:
1209 <Location /cgi-bin/BackupPC/BackupPC_Admin> # <--- change path as needed
1210 Setenv REMOTE_USER www
1211 </Location>
1213 Finally, you should also edit the config.pl file and adjust, as necessary,
1214 the CGI-specific settings. They're near the end of the config file. In
1215 particular, you should specify which users or groups have administrator
1216 (privileged) access: see the config settings $Conf{CgiAdminUserGroup}
1217 and $Conf{CgiAdminUsers}. Also, the configure.pl script placed various
1218 images into $Conf{CgiImageDir} that BackupPC_Admin needs to serve
1219 up. You should make sure that $Conf{CgiImageDirURL} is the correct
1220 URL for the image directory.
1222 See the section L<Fixing installation problems|fixing installation problems> for suggestions on debugging the Apache authentication setup.
1224 =head2 How BackupPC Finds Hosts
1226 Starting with v2.0.0 the way hosts are discovered has changed. In most
1227 cases you should specify 0 for the DHCP flag in the conf/hosts file,
1228 even if the host has a dynamically assigned IP address.
1230 BackupPC (starting with v2.0.0) looks up hosts with DHCP = 0 in this manner:
1232 =over 4
1234 =item *
1236 First DNS is used to lookup the IP address given the client's name
1237 using perl's gethostbyname() function. This should succeed for machines
1238 that have fixed IP addresses that are known via DNS. You can manually
1239 see whether a given host have a DNS entry according to perls'
1240 gethostbyname function with this command:
1242 perl -e 'print(gethostbyname("myhost") ? "ok\n" : "not found\n");'
1244 =item *
1246 If gethostbyname() fails, BackupPC then attempts a NetBios multicast to
1247 find the host. Provided your client machine is configured properly,
1248 it should respond to this NetBios multicast request. Specifically,
1249 BackupPC runs a command of this form:
1251 nmblookup myhost
1253 If this fails you will see output like:
1255 querying myhost on
1256 name_query failed to find name myhost
1258 If this success you will see output like:
1260 querying myhost on
1261 myhost<00>
1263 Depending on your netmask you might need to specify the -B option to
1264 nmblookup. For example:
1266 nmblookup -B myhost
1268 If necessary, experiment on the nmblookup command that will return the
1269 IP address of the client given its name. Then update
1270 $Conf{NmbLookupFindHostCmd} with any necessary options to nmblookup.
1272 =back
1274 For hosts that have the DHCP flag set to 1, these machines are
1275 discovered as follows:
1277 =over 4
1279 =item *
1281 A DHCP address pool ($Conf{DHCPAddressRanges}) needs to be specified.
1282 BackupPC will check the NetBIOS name of each machine in the range using
1283 a command of the form:
1285 nmblookup -A W.X.Y.Z
1287 where W.X.Y.Z is each candidate address from $Conf{DHCPAddressRanges}.
1288 Any host that has a valid NetBIOS name returned by this command (ie:
1289 matching an entry in the hosts file) will be backed up. You can
1290 modify the specific nmblookup command if necessary via $Conf{NmbLookupCmd}.
1292 =item *
1294 You only need to use this DHCP feature if your client machine doesn't
1295 respond to the NetBios multicast request:
1297 nmblookup myHost
1299 but does respond to a request directed to its IP address:
1301 nmblookup -A W.X.Y.Z
1303 =back
1305 =head2 Other installation topics
1307 =over 4
1309 =item Removing a client
1311 If there is a machine that no longer needs to be backed up (eg: a retired
1312 machine) you have two choices. First, you can keep the backups accessible
1313 and browsable, but disable all new backups. Alternatively, you can
1314 completely remove the client and all its backups.
1316 To disable backups for a client there are two special values for
1317 $Conf{FullPeriod} in that client's per-PC config.pl file:
1319 =over 4
1321 =item -1
1323 Don't do any regular backups on this machine. Manually
1324 requested backups (via the CGI interface) will still occur.
1326 =item -2
1328 Don't do any backups on this machine. Manually requested
1329 backups (via the CGI interface) will be ignored.
1331 =back
1333 This will still allow that client's old backups to be browsable
1334 and restorable.
1336 To completely remove a client and all its backups, you should remove its
1337 entry in the conf/hosts file, and then delete the __TOPDIR__/pc/$host
1338 directory. Whenever you change the hosts file, you should send
1339 BackupPC a HUP (-1) signal so that it re-reads the hosts file.
1340 If you don't do this, BackupPC will automatically re-read the
1341 hosts file at the next regular wakeup.
1343 Note that when you remove a client's backups you won't initially recover
1344 a lot of disk space. That's because the client's files are still in
1345 the pool. Overnight, when BackupPC_nightly next runs, all the unused
1346 pool files will be deleted and this will recover the disk space used
1347 by the client's backups.
1349 =item Copying the pool
1351 If the pool disk requirements grow you might need to copy the entire
1352 data directory to a new (bigger) file system. Hopefully you are lucky
1353 enough to avoid this by having the data directory on a RAID file system
1354 or LVM that allows the capacity to be grown in place by adding disks.
1356 The backup data directories contain large numbers of hardlinks. If
1357 you try to copy the pool the target directory will occupy a lot more
1358 space if the hardlinks aren't re-established.
1360 The GNU cp program with the -a option is aware of hardlinks and knows
1361 to re-establish them. So GNU cp -a is the recommended way to copy
1362 the data directory and pool. Don't forget to stop BackupPC while
1363 the copy runs.
1365 =item Compressing an existing pool
1367 If you are upgrading BackupPC and want to turn compression on you have
1368 two choices:
1370 =over 4
1372 =item *
1374 Simply turn on compression. All new backups will be compressed. Both old
1375 (uncompressed) and new (compressed) backups can be browsed and viewed.
1376 Eventually, the old backups will expire and all the pool data will be
1377 compressed. However, until the old backups expire, this approach could
1378 require 60% or more additional pool storage space to store both
1379 uncompressed and compressed versions of the backup files.
1381 =item *
1383 Convert all the uncompressed pool files and backups to compressed.
1384 The script __INSTALLDIR__/bin/BackupPC_compressPool does this.
1385 BackupPC must not be running when you run BackupPC_compressPool.
1386 Also, there must be no existing compressed backups when you
1387 run BackupPC_compressPool.
1389 BackupPC_compressPool compresses all the files in the uncompressed pool
1390 (__TOPDIR__/pool) and moves them to the compressed pool
1391 (__TOPDIR__/cpool). It rewrites the files in place, so that the
1392 existing hardlinks are not disturbed.
1394 =back
1396 The rest of this section discusses how to run BackupPC_compressPool.
1398 BackupPC_compressPool takes three command line options:
1400 =over 4
1402 =item -t
1404 Test mode: do everything except actually replace the pool files.
1405 Useful for estimating total run time without making any real
1406 changes.
1408 =item -r
1410 Read check: re-read the compressed file and compare it against
1411 the original uncompressed file. Can only be used in test mode.
1413 =item -c #
1415 Number of children to fork. BackupPC_compressPool can take a long time
1416 to run, so to speed things up it spawns four children, each working on a
1417 different part of the pool. You can change the number of children with
1418 the -c option.
1420 =back
1422 Here are the recommended steps for running BackupPC_compressPool:
1424 =over 4
1426 =item *
1428 Stop BackupPC (eg: "/etc/init.d/backuppc stop").
1430 =item *
1432 Set $Conf{CompressLevel} to a non-zero number (eg: 3).
1434 =item *
1436 Do a dry run of BackupPC_compressPool. Make sure you run this as
1437 the BackupPC user (__BACKUPPCUSER__):
1439 BackupPC_compressPool -t -r
1441 The -t option (test mode) makes BackupPC_compressPool do all the steps,
1442 but not actually change anything. The -r option re-reads the compressed
1443 file and compares it against the original.
1445 BackupPC_compressPool gives a status as it completes each 1% of the job.
1446 It also shows the cumulative compression ratio and estimated completion
1447 time. Once you are comfortable that things look ok, you can kill
1448 BackupPC_compressPool or wait for it to finish.
1450 =item *
1452 Now you are ready to run BackupPC_compressPool for real. Once again,
1453 as the BackupPC user (__BACKUPPCUSER__), run:
1455 BackupPC_compressPool
1457 You should put the output into a file and tail this file. (The running
1458 time could be twice as long as the test mode since the test mode file
1459 writes are immediately followed by an unlink, so in test mode it is
1460 likely the file writes never make it to disk.)
1462 It is B<critical> that BackupPC_compressPool runs to completion before
1463 re-starting BackupPC. Before BackupPC_compressPool completes, none of
1464 the existing backups will be in a consistent state. If you must stop
1465 BackupPC_compressPool for some reason, send it an INT or TERM signal
1466 and give it several seconds (or more) to clean up gracefully.
1467 After that, you can re-run BackupPC_compressPool and it will start
1468 again where it left off. Once again, it is critical that it runs
1469 to 100% completion.
1471 =back
1473 After BackupPC_compressPool completes you should have a complete set
1474 of compressed backups (and your disk usage should be lower). You
1475 can now re-start BackupPC.
1477 =back
1479 =head2 Fixing installation problems
1481 Please see the FAQ at L<http://backuppc.sourceforge.net/faq> for
1482 debugging suggestions.
1484 =head1 Restore functions
1486 BackupPC supports several different methods for restoring files. The
1487 most convenient restore options are provided via the CGI interface.
1488 Alternatively, backup files can be restored using manual commands.
1490 =head2 CGI restore options
1492 By selecting a host in the CGI interface, a list of all the backups
1493 for that machine will be displayed. By selecting the backup number
1494 you can navigate the shares and directory tree for that backup.
1496 BackupPC's CGI interface automatically fills incremental backups
1497 with the corresponding full backup, which means each backup has
1498 a filled appearance. Therefore, there is no need to do multiple
1499 restores from the incremental and full backups: BackupPC does all
1500 the hard work for you. You simply select the files and directories
1501 you want from the correct backup vintage in one step.
1503 You can download a single backup file at any time simply by selecting
1504 it. Your browser should prompt you with the file name and ask you
1505 whether to open the file or save it to disk.
1507 Alternatively, you can select one or more files or directories in
1508 the currently selected directory and select "Restore selected files".
1509 (If you need to restore selected files and directories from several
1510 different parent directories you will need to do that in multiple
1511 steps.)
1513 If you select all the files in a directory, BackupPC will replace
1514 the list of files with the parent directory. You will be presented
1515 with a screen that has three options:
1517 =over 4
1519 =item Option 1: Direct Restore
1521 With this option the selected files and directories are restored
1522 directly back onto the host, by default in their original location.
1523 Any old files with the same name will be overwritten, so use caution.
1524 You can optionally change the target host name, target share name,
1525 and target path prefix for the restore, allowing you to restore the
1526 files to a different location.
1528 Once you select "Start Restore" you will be prompted one last time
1529 with a summary of the exact source and target files and directories
1530 before you commit. When you give the final go ahead the restore
1531 operation will be queued like a normal backup job, meaning that it
1532 will be deferred if there is a backup currently running for that host.
1533 When the restore job is run, smbclient, tar, rsync or rsyncd is used
1534 (depending upon $Conf{XferMethod}) to actually restore the files.
1535 Sorry, there is currently no option to cancel a restore that has been
1536 started.
1538 A record of the restore request, including the result and list of
1539 files and directories, is kept. It can be browsed from the host's
1540 home page. $Conf{RestoreInfoKeepCnt} specifies how many old restore
1541 status files to keep.
1543 Note that for direct restore to work, the $Conf{XferMethod} must
1544 be able to write to the client. For example, that means an SMB
1545 share for smbclient needs to be writable, and the rsyncd module
1546 needs "read only" set to "yes". This creates additional security
1547 risks. If you only create read-only SMB shares (which is a good
1548 idea), then the direct restore will fail. You can disable the
1549 direct restore option by setting $Conf{SmbClientRestoreCmd},
1550 $Conf{TarClientRestoreCmd} and $Conf{RsyncRestoreArgs} to undef.
1552 =item Option 2: Download Zip archive
1554 With this option a zip file containing the selected files and directories
1555 is downloaded. The zip file can then be unpacked or individual files
1556 extracted as necessary on the host machine. The compression level can be
1557 specified. A value of 0 turns off compression.
1559 When you select "Download Zip File" you should be prompted where to
1560 save the restore.zip file.
1562 BackupPC does not consider downloading a zip file as an actual
1563 restore operation, so the details are not saved for later browsing
1564 as in the first case. However, a mention that a zip file was
1565 downloaded by a particular user, and a list of the files, does
1566 appear in BackupPC's log file.
1568 =item Option 3: Download Tar archive
1570 This is identical to the previous option, except a tar file is downloaded
1571 rather than a zip file (and there is currently no compression option).
1573 =back
1575 =head2 Command-line restore options
1577 Apart from the CGI interface, BackupPC allows you to restore files
1578 and directories from the command line. The following programs can
1579 be used:
1581 =over 4
1583 =item BackupPC_zcat
1585 For each file name argument it inflates (uncompresses) the file and
1586 writes it to stdout. To use BackupPC_zcat you could give it the
1587 full file name, eg:
1589 __INSTALLDIR__/bin/BackupPC_zcat __TOPDIR__/pc/host/5/fc/fcraig/fexample.txt > example.txt
1591 It's your responsibility to make sure the file is really compressed:
1592 BackupPC_zcat doesn't check which backup the requested file is from.
1593 BackupPC_zcat returns a non-zero status if it fails to uncompress
1594 a file.
1596 =item BackupPC_tarCreate
1598 BackupPC_tarCreate creates a tar file for any files or directories in
1599 a particular backup. Merging of incrementals is done automatically,
1600 so you don't need to worry about whether certain files appear in the
1601 incremental or full backup.
1603 The usage is:
1605 BackupPC_tarCreate [-t] [-h host] [-n dumpNum] [-s shareName]
1606 [-r pathRemove] [-p pathAdd] [-b BLOCKS] [-w writeBufSz]
1607 files/directories...
1609 The command-line files and directories are relative to the specified
1610 shareName. The tar file is written to stdout.
1612 The required options are:
1614 =over 4
1616 =item -h host
1618 host from which the tar archive is created
1620 =item -n dumpNum
1622 dump number from which the tar archive is created
1624 =item -s shareName
1626 share name from which the tar archive is created
1628 =back
1630 Other options are:
1632 =over 4
1634 =item -t
1636 print summary totals
1638 =item -r pathRemove
1640 path prefix that will be replaced with pathAdd
1642 =item -p pathAdd
1644 new path prefix
1646 =item -b BLOCKS
1648 the tar block size, default is 20, meaning tar writes data in 20 * 512
1649 bytes chunks.
1651 =item -w writeBufSz
1653 write buffer size, default 1048576 (1MB). You can increase this if
1654 you are trying to stream to a fast tape device.
1656 =back
1658 The -h, -n and -s options specify which dump is used to generate
1659 the tar archive. The -r and -p options can be used to relocate
1660 the paths in the tar archive so extracted files can be placed
1661 in a location different from their original location.
1663 =item BackupPC_zipCreate
1665 BackupPC_zipCreate creates a zip file for any files or directories in
1666 a particular backup. Merging of incrementals is done automatically,
1667 so you don't need to worry about whether certain files appear in the
1668 incremental or full backup.
1670 The usage is:
1672 BackupPC_zipCreate [-t] [-h host] [-n dumpNum] [-s shareName]
1673 [-r pathRemove] [-p pathAdd] [-c compressionLevel]
1674 files/directories...
1676 The command-line files and directories are relative to the specified
1677 shareName. The zip file is written to stdout.
1679 The required options are:
1681 =over 4
1683 =item -h host
1685 host from which the zip archive is created
1687 =item -n dumpNum
1689 dump number from which the zip archive is created
1691 =item -s shareName
1693 share name from which the zip archive is created
1695 =back
1697 Other options are:
1699 =over 4
1701 =item -t
1703 print summary totals
1705 =item -r pathRemove
1707 path prefix that will be replaced with pathAdd
1709 =item -p pathAdd
1711 new path prefix
1713 =item -c level
1715 compression level (default is 0, no compression)
1717 =back
1719 The -h, -n and -s options specify which dump is used to generate
1720 the zip archive. The -r and -p options can be used to relocate
1721 the paths in the zip archive so extracted files can be placed
1722 in a location different from their original location.
1724 =back
1726 Each of these programs reside in __INSTALLDIR__/bin.
1728 =head1 Archive functions
1730 BackupPC supports archiving to removable media. For users that require
1731 offsite backups, BackupPC can create archives that stream to tape
1732 devices, or create files of specified sizes to fit onto cd or dvd media.
1734 Each archive type is specified by a BackupPC host with its XferMethod
1735 set to 'archive'. This allows for multiple configurations at sites where
1736 there might be a combination of tape and cd/dvd backups being made.
1738 BackupPC provides a menu that allows one or more hosts to be archived.
1739 The most recent backup of each host is archived using BackupPC_tarCreate,
1740 and the output is optionally compressed and split into fixed-sized
1741 files (eg: 650MB).
1743 The archive for each host is done by default using
1744 __INSTALLDIR__/BackupPC_archiveHost. This script can be copied
1745 and customized as needed.
1747 =head2 Configuring an Archive Host
1749 To create an Archive Host, add it to the hosts file just as any other host
1750 and call it a name that best describes the type of archive, e.g. ArchiveDLT
1752 To tell BackupPC that the Host is for Archives, create a config.pl file in
1753 the Archive Hosts's pc directory, adding the following line:
1755 $Conf{XferMethod} = 'archive';
1757 To further customise the archive's parameters you can adding the changed
1758 parameters in the host's config.pl file. The parameters are explained in
1759 the config.pl file. Parameters may be fixed or the user can be allowed
1760 to change them (eg: output device).
1762 The per-host archive command is $Conf{ArchiveClientCmd}. By default
1763 this invokes
1765 __INSTALLDIR__/BackupPC_archiveHost
1767 which you can copy and customize as necessary.
1769 =head2 Starting an Archive
1771 In the web interface, click on the Archive Host you wish to use. You will see a
1772 list of previous archives and a summary on each. By clicking the "Start Archive"
1773 button you are presented with the list of hosts and the approximate backup size
1774 (note this is raw size, not projected compressed size) Select the hosts you wish
1775 to archive and press the "Archive Selected Hosts" button.
1777 The next screen allows you to adjust the parameters for this archive run.
1778 Press the "Start the Archive" to start archiving the selected hosts with the
1779 parameters displayed.
1781 =head1 BackupPC Design
1783 =head2 Some design issues
1785 =over 4
1787 =item Pooling common files
1789 To quickly see if a file is already in the pool, an MD5 digest of the
1790 file length and contents is used as the file name in the pool. This
1791 can't guarantee a file is identical: it just reduces the search to
1792 often a single file or handful of files. A complete file comparison
1793 is always done to verify if two files are really the same.
1795 Identical files on multiples backups are represented by hard links.
1796 Hardlinks are used so that identical files all refer to the same
1797 physical file on the server's disk. Also, hard links maintain
1798 reference counts so that BackupPC knows when to delete unused files
1799 from the pool.
1801 For the computer-science majors among you, you can think of the pooling
1802 system used by BackupPC as just a chained hash table stored on a (big)
1803 file system.
1805 =item The hashing function
1807 There is a tradeoff between how much of file is used for the MD5 digest
1808 and the time taken comparing all the files that have the same hash.
1810 Using the file length and just the first 4096 bytes of the file for the
1811 MD5 digest produces some repetitions. One example: with 900,000 unique
1812 files in the pool, this hash gives about 7,000 repeated files, and in
1813 the worst case 500 files have the same hash. That's not bad: we only
1814 have to do a single file compare 99.2% of the time. But in the worst
1815 case we have to compare as many as 500 files checking for a match.
1817 With a modest increase in CPU time, if we use the file length and the
1818 first 256K of the file we now only have 500 repeated files and in the
1819 worst case around 20 files have the same hash. Furthermore, if we
1820 instead use the first and last 128K of the file (more specifically, the
1821 first and eighth 128K chunks for files larger than 1MB) we get only 300
1822 repeated files and in the worst case around 20 files have the same hash.
1824 Based on this experimentation, this is the hash function used by BackupPC.
1825 It is important that you don't change the hash function after files
1826 are already in the pool. Otherwise your pool will grow to twice the
1827 size until all the old backups (and all the old files with old hashes)
1828 eventually expire.
1830 =item Compression
1832 BackupPC supports compression. It uses the deflate and inflate methods
1833 in the Compress::Zlib module, which is based on the zlib compression
1834 library (see L<http://www.gzip.org/zlib/>).
1836 The $Conf{CompressLevel} setting specifies the compression level to use.
1837 Zero (0) means no compression. Compression levels can be from 1 (least
1838 cpu time, slightly worse compression) to 9 (most cpu time, slightly
1839 better compression). The recommended value is 3. Changing it to 5, for
1840 example, will take maybe 20% more cpu time and will get another 2-3%
1841 additional compression. Diminishing returns set in above 5. See the zlib
1842 documentation for more information about compression levels.
1844 BackupPC implements compression with minimal CPU load. Rather than
1845 compressing every incoming backup file and then trying to match it
1846 against the pool, BackupPC computes the MD5 digest based on the
1847 uncompressed file, and matches against the candidate pool files by
1848 comparing each uncompressed pool file against the incoming backup file.
1849 Since inflating a file takes roughly a factor of 10 less CPU time than
1850 deflating there is a big saving in CPU time.
1852 The combination of pooling common files and compression can yield
1853 a factor of 8 or more overall saving in backup storage.
1855 =back
1857 =head2 BackupPC operation
1859 BackupPC reads the configuration information from
1860 __TOPDIR__/conf/config.pl. It then runs and manages all the backup
1861 activity. It maintains queues of pending backup requests, user backup
1862 requests and administrative commands. Based on the configuration various
1863 requests will be executed simultaneously.
1865 As specified by $Conf{WakeupSchedule}, BackupPC wakes up periodically
1866 to queue backups on all the PCs. This is a four step process:
1868 =over 4
1870 =item 1
1872 For each host and DHCP address backup requests are queued on the
1873 background command queue.
1875 =item 2
1877 For each PC, BackupPC_dump is forked. Several of these may be run in
1878 parallel, based on the configuration. First a ping is done to see if
1879 the machine is alive. If this is a DHCP address, nmblookup is run to
1880 get the netbios name, which is used as the host name. If DNS lookup
1881 fails, $Conf{NmbLookupFindHostCmd} is run to find the IP address from
1882 the host name. The file __TOPDIR__/pc/$host/backups is read to decide
1883 whether a full or incremental backup needs to be run. If no backup is
1884 scheduled, or the ping to $host fails, then BackupPC_dump exits.
1886 The backup is done using the specified XferMethod. Either samba's smbclient
1887 or tar over ssh/rsh/nfs piped into BackupPC_tarExtract, or rsync over ssh/rsh
1888 is run, or rsyncd is connected to, with the incoming data
1889 extracted to __TOPDIR__/pc/$host/new. The XferMethod output is put
1890 into __TOPDIR__/pc/$host/XferLOG.
1892 The letter in the XferLOG file shows the type of object, similar to the
1893 first letter of the modes displayed by ls -l:
1895 d -> directory
1896 l -> symbolic link
1897 b -> block special file
1898 c -> character special file
1899 p -> pipe file (fifo)
1900 nothing -> regular file
1902 The words mean:
1904 =over 4
1906 =item create
1908 new for this backup (ie: directory or file not in pool)
1910 =item pool
1912 found a match in the pool
1914 =item same
1916 file is identical to previous backup (contents were
1917 checksummed and verified during full dump).
1919 =item skip
1921 file skipped in incremental because attributes are the
1922 same (only displayed if $Conf{XferLogLevel} >= 2).
1924 =back
1926 As BackupPC_tarExtract extracts the files from smbclient or tar, or as
1927 rsync runs, it checks each file in the backup to see if it is identical
1928 to an existing file from any previous backup of any PC. It does this
1929 without needed to write the file to disk. If the file matches an
1930 existing file, a hardlink is created to the existing file in the pool.
1931 If the file does not match any existing files, the file is written to
1932 disk and the file name is saved in __TOPDIR__/pc/$host/NewFileList for
1933 later processing by BackupPC_link. BackupPC_tarExtract and rsync can handle
1934 arbitrarily large files and multiple candidate matching files without
1935 needing to write the file to disk in the case of a match. This
1936 significantly reduces disk writes (and also reads, since the pool file
1937 comparison is done disk to memory, rather than disk to disk).
1939 Based on the configuration settings, BackupPC_dump checks each
1940 old backup to see if any should be removed. Any expired backups
1941 are moved to __TOPDIR__/trash for later removal by BackupPC_trashClean.
1943 =item 3
1945 For each complete, good, backup, BackupPC_link is run.
1946 To avoid race conditions as new files are linked into the
1947 pool area, only a single BackupPC_link program runs
1948 at a time and the rest are queued.
1950 BackupPC_link reads the NewFileList written by BackupPC_dump and
1951 inspects each new file in the backup. It re-checks if there is a
1952 matching file in the pool (another BackupPC_link
1953 could have added the file since BackupPC_dump checked). If so, the file
1954 is removed and replaced by a hard link to the existing file. If the file
1955 is new, a hard link to the file is made in the pool area, so that this
1956 file is available for checking against each new file and new backup.
1958 Then, if $Conf{IncrFill} is set (note that the default setting is
1959 off), for each incremental backup, hard links are made in the new
1960 backup to all files that were not extracted during the incremental
1961 backups. The means the incremental backup looks like a complete
1962 image of the PC (with the exception that files that were removed on
1963 the PC since the last full backup will still appear in the backup
1964 directory tree).
1966 The CGI interface knows how to merge unfilled incremental backups will
1967 the most recent prior filled (full) backup, giving the incremental
1968 backups a filled appearance. The default for $Conf{IncrFill} is off,
1969 since there is no need to fill incremental backups. This saves
1970 some level of disk activity, since lots of extra hardlinks are no
1971 longer needed (and don't have to be deleted when the backup expires).
1973 =item 4
1975 BackupPC_trashClean is always run in the background to remove any
1976 expired backups. Every 5 minutes it wakes up and removes all the files
1977 in __TOPDIR__/trash.
1979 Also, once each night, BackupPC_nightly is run to complete some additional
1980 administrative tasks, such as cleaning the pool. This involves removing
1981 any files in the pool that only have a single hard link (meaning no backups
1982 are using that file). Again, to avoid race conditions, BackupPC_nightly
1983 is only run when there are no BackupPC_dump or BackupPC_link processes
1984 running. Therefore, when it is time to run BackupPC_nightly, no new
1985 backups are started and BackupPC waits until all backups have finished.
1986 Then BackupPC_nightly is run, and until it finishes no new backups are
1987 started. If BackupPC_nightly is slow, the settings
1989 =back
1991 BackupPC also listens for TCP connections on $Conf{ServerPort}, which
1992 is used by the CGI script BackupPC_Admin for status reporting and
1993 user-initiated backup or backup cancel requests.
1995 =head2 Storage layout
1997 BackupPC resides in three directories:
1999 =over 4
2001 =item __INSTALLDIR__
2003 Perl scripts comprising BackupPC reside in __INSTALLDIR__/bin,
2004 libraries are in __INSTALLDIR__/lib and documentation
2005 is in __INSTALLDIR__/doc.
2007 =item __CGIDIR__
2009 The CGI script BackupPC_Admin resides in this cgi binary directory.
2011 =item __TOPDIR__
2013 All of BackupPC's data (PC backup images, logs, configuration information)
2014 is stored below this directory.
2016 =back
2018 Below __TOPDIR__ are several directories:
2020 =over 4
2022 =item __TOPDIR__/conf
2024 The directory __TOPDIR__/conf contains:
2026 =over 4
2028 =item config.pl
2030 Configuration file. See L<Configuration file|configuration file>
2031 below for more details.
2033 =item hosts
2035 Hosts file, which lists all the PCs to backup.
2037 =back
2039 =item __TOPDIR__/log
2041 The directory __TOPDIR__/log contains:
2043 =over 4
2045 =item LOG
2047 Current (today's) log file output from BackupPC.
2049 =item LOG.0 or LOG.0.z
2051 Yesterday's log file output. Log files are aged daily and compressed
2052 (if compression is enabled), and old LOG files are deleted.
2054 =item BackupPC.pid
2056 Contains BackupPC's process id.
2058 =item status.pl
2060 A summary of BackupPC's status written periodically by BackupPC so
2061 that certain state information can be maintained if BackupPC is
2062 restarted. Should not be edited.
2064 =item UserEmailInfo.pl
2066 A summary of what email was last sent to each user, and when the
2067 last email was sent. Should not be edited.
2069 =back
2071 =item __TOPDIR__/trash
2073 Any directories and files below this directory are periodically deleted
2074 whenever BackupPC_trashClean checks. When a backup is aborted or when an
2075 old backup expires, BackupPC_dump simply moves the directory to
2076 __TOPDIR__/trash for later removal by BackupPC_trashClean.
2078 =item __TOPDIR__/pool
2080 All uncompressed files from PC backups are stored below __TOPDIR__/pool.
2081 Each file's name is based on the MD5 hex digest of the file contents.
2082 Specifically, for files less than 256K, the file length and the entire
2083 file is used. For files up to 1MB, the file length and the first and
2084 last 128K are used. Finally, for files longer than 1MB, the file length,
2085 and the first and eighth 128K chunks for the file are used.
2087 Each file is stored in a subdirectory X/Y/Z, where X, Y, Z are the
2088 first 3 hex digits of the MD5 digest.
2090 For example, if a file has an MD5 digest of 123456789abcdef0,
2091 the file is stored in __TOPDIR__/pool/1/2/3/123456789abcdef0.
2093 The MD5 digest might not be unique (especially since not all the file's
2094 contents are used for files bigger than 256K). Different files that have
2095 the same MD5 digest are stored with a trailing suffix "_n" where n is
2096 an incrementing number starting at 0. So, for example, if two additional
2097 files were identical to the first, except the last byte was different,
2098 and assuming the file was larger than 1MB (so the MD5 digests are the
2099 same but the files are actually different), the three files would be
2100 stored as:
2102 __TOPDIR__/pool/1/2/3/123456789abcdef0
2103 __TOPDIR__/pool/1/2/3/123456789abcdef0_0
2104 __TOPDIR__/pool/1/2/3/123456789abcdef0_1
2106 Both BackupPC_dump (actually, BackupPC_tarExtract) and BackupPC_link are
2107 responsible for checking newly backed up files against the pool. For
2108 each file, the MD5 digest is used to generate a file name in the pool
2109 directory. If the file exists in the pool, the contents are compared.
2110 If there is no match, additional files ending in "_n" are checked.
2111 (Actually, BackupPC_tarExtract compares multiple candidate files in
2112 parallel.) If the file contents exactly match, the file is created by
2113 simply making a hard link to the pool file (this is done by
2114 BackupPC_tarExtract as the backup proceeds). Otherwise,
2115 BackupPC_tarExtract writes the new file to disk and a new hard link is
2116 made in the pool to the file (this is done later by BackupPC_link).
2118 Therefore, every file in the pool will have at least 2 hard links
2119 (one for the pool file and one for the backup file below __TOPDIR__/pc).
2120 Identical files from different backups or PCs will all be linked to
2121 the same file. When old backups are deleted, some files in the pool
2122 might only have one link. BackupPC_nightly checks the entire pool
2123 and removes all files that have only a single link, thereby recovering
2124 the storage for that file.
2126 One other issue: zero length files are not pooled, since there are a lot
2127 of these files and on most file systems it doesn't save any disk space
2128 to turn these files into hard links.
2130 =item __TOPDIR__/cpool
2132 All compressed files from PC backups are stored below __TOPDIR__/cpool.
2133 Its layout is the same as __TOPDIR__/pool, and the hashing function
2134 is the same (and, importantly, based on the uncompressed file, not
2135 the compressed file).
2137 =item __TOPDIR__/pc/$host
2139 For each PC $host, all the backups for that PC are stored below
2140 the directory __TOPDIR__/pc/$host. This directory contains the
2141 following files:
2143 =over 4
2145 =item LOG
2147 Current log file for this PC from BackupPC_dump.
2149 =item LOG.0 or LOG.0.z
2151 Last month's log file. Log files are aged monthly and compressed
2152 (if compression is enabled), and old LOG files are deleted.
2154 =item XferERR or XferERR.z
2156 Output from the transport program (ie: smbclient, tar or rsync)
2157 for the most recent failed backup.
2159 =item new
2161 Subdirectory in which the current backup is stored. This
2162 directory is renamed if the backup succeeds.
2164 =item XferLOG or XferLOG.z
2166 Output from the transport program (ie: smbclient, tar or rsync)
2167 for the current backup.
2169 =item nnn (an integer)
2171 Successful backups are in directories numbered sequentially starting at 0.
2173 =item XferLOG.nnn or XferLOG.nnn.z
2175 Output from the transport program (ie: smbclient, tar or rsync)
2176 corresponding to backup number nnn.
2178 =item RestoreInfo.nnn
2180 Information about restore request #nnn including who, what, when, and
2181 why. This file is in Data::Dumper format. (Note that the restore
2182 numbers are not related to the backup number.)
2184 =item RestoreLOG.nnn.z
2186 Output from smbclient, tar or rsync during restore #nnn. (Note that the restore
2187 numbers are not related to the backup number.)
2189 =item ArchiveInfo.nnn
2191 Information about archive request #nnn including who, what, when, and
2192 why. This file is in Data::Dumper format. (Note that the archive
2193 numbers are not related to the restore or backup number.)
2195 =item ArchiveLOG.nnn.z
2197 Output from archive #nnn. (Note that the archive numbers are not related
2198 to the backup or restore number.)
2200 =item config.pl
2202 Optional configuration settings specific to this host. Settings in this
2203 file override the main configuration file.
2205 =item backups
2207 A tab-delimited ascii table listing information about each successful
2208 backup, one per row. The columns are:
2210 =over 4
2212 =item num
2214 The backup number, an integer that starts at 0 and increments
2215 for each successive backup. The corresponding backup is stored
2216 in the directory num (eg: if this field is 5, then the backup is
2217 stored in __TOPDIR__/pc/$host/5).
2219 =item type
2221 Set to "full" or "incr" for full or incremental backup.
2223 =item startTime
2225 Start time of the backup in unix seconds.
2227 =item endTime
2229 Stop time of the backup in unix seconds.
2231 =item nFiles
2233 Number of files backed up (as reported by smbclient, tar or rsync).
2235 =item size
2237 Total file size backed up (as reported by smbclient, tar or rsync).
2239 =item nFilesExist
2241 Number of files that were already in the pool
2242 (as determined by BackupPC_dump and BackupPC_link).
2244 =item sizeExist
2246 Total size of files that were already in the pool
2247 (as determined by BackupPC_dump and BackupPC_link).
2249 =item nFilesNew
2251 Number of files that were not in the pool
2252 (as determined by BackupPC_link).
2254 =item sizeNew
2256 Total size of files that were not in the pool
2257 (as determined by BackupPC_link).
2259 =item xferErrs
2261 Number of errors or warnings from smbclient, tar or rsync.
2263 =item xferBadFile
2265 Number of errors from smbclient that were bad file errors (zero otherwise).
2267 =item xferBadShare
2269 Number of errors from smbclient that were bad share errors (zero otherwise).
2271 =item tarErrs
2273 Number of errors from BackupPC_tarExtract.
2275 =item compress
2277 The compression level used on this backup. Zero or empty means no
2278 compression.
2280 =item sizeExistComp
2282 Total compressed size of files that were already in the pool
2283 (as determined by BackupPC_dump and BackupPC_link).
2285 =item sizeNewComp
2287 Total compressed size of files that were not in the pool
2288 (as determined by BackupPC_link).
2290 =item noFill
2292 Set if this backup has not been filled in with the most recent
2293 previous filled or full backup. See $Conf{IncrFill}.
2295 =item fillFromNum
2297 If this backup was filled (ie: noFill is 0) then this is the
2298 number of the backup that it was filled from
2300 =item mangle
2302 Set if this backup has mangled file names and attributes. Always
2303 true for backups in v1.4.0 and above. False for all backups prior
2304 to v1.4.0.
2306 =item xferMethod
2308 Set to the value of $Conf{XferMethod} when this dump was done.
2310 =item level
2312 The level of this dump. A full dump is level 0. Currently incrementals
2313 are 1. But when multi-level incrementals are supported this will reflect
2314 each dump's incremental level.
2316 =back
2318 =item restores
2320 A tab-delimited ascii table listing information about each requested
2321 restore, one per row. The columns are:
2323 =over 4
2325 =item num
2327 Restore number (matches the suffix of the RestoreInfo.nnn and
2328 RestoreLOG.nnn.z file), unrelated to the backup number.
2330 =item startTime
2332 Start time of the restore in unix seconds.
2334 =item endTime
2336 End time of the restore in unix seconds.
2338 =item result
2340 Result (ok or failed).
2342 =item errorMsg
2344 Error message if restore failed.
2346 =item nFiles
2348 Number of files restored.
2350 =item size
2352 Size in bytes of the restored files.
2354 =item tarCreateErrs
2356 Number of errors from BackupPC_tarCreate during restore.
2358 =item xferErrs
2360 Number of errors from smbclient, tar or rsync during restore.
2362 =back
2364 =item archives
2366 A tab-delimited ascii table listing information about each requested
2367 archive, one per row. The columns are:
2369 =over 4
2371 =item num
2373 Archive number (matches the suffix of the ArchiveInfo.nnn and
2374 ArchiveLOG.nnn.z file), unrelated to the backup or restore number.
2376 =item startTime
2378 Start time of the restore in unix seconds.
2380 =item endTime
2382 End time of the restore in unix seconds.
2384 =item result
2386 Result (ok or failed).
2388 =item errorMsg
2390 Error message if archive failed.
2392 =back
2394 =back
2396 =back
2398 =head2 Compressed file format
2400 The compressed file format is as generated by Compress::Zlib::deflate
2401 with one minor, but important, tweak. Since Compress::Zlib::inflate
2402 fully inflates its argument in memory, it could take large amounts of
2403 memory if it was inflating a highly compressed file. For example, a
2404 200MB file of 0x0 bytes compresses to around 200K bytes. If
2405 Compress::Zlib::inflate was called with this single 200K buffer, it
2406 would need to allocate 200MB of memory to return the result.
2408 BackupPC watches how efficiently a file is compressing. If a big file
2409 has very high compression (meaning it will use too much memory when it
2410 is inflated), BackupPC calls the flush() method, which gracefully
2411 completes the current compression. BackupPC then starts another
2412 deflate and simply appends the output file. So the BackupPC compressed
2413 file format is one or more concatenated deflations/flushes. The specific
2414 ratios that BackupPC uses is that if a 6MB chunk compresses to less
2415 than 64K then a flush will be done.
2417 Back to the example of the 200MB file of 0x0 bytes. Adding flushes
2418 every 6MB adds only 200 or so bytes to the 200K output. So the
2419 storage cost of flushing is negligible.
2421 To easily decompress a BackupPC compressed file, the script
2422 BackupPC_zcat can be found in __INSTALLDIR__/bin. For each
2423 file name argument it inflates the file and writes it to stdout.
2425 =head2 Rsync checksum caching
2427 An incremental backup with rsync compares attributes on the client
2428 with the last full backup. Any files with identical attributes
2429 are skipped. A full backup with rsync sets the --ignore-times
2430 option, which causes every file to be examined independent of
2431 attributes.
2433 Each file is examined by generating block checksums (default 2K
2434 blocks) on the receiving side (that's the BackupPC side), sending
2435 those checksums to the client, where the remote rsync matches those
2436 checksums with the corresponding file. The matching blocks and new
2437 data is sent back, allowing the client file to be reassembled.
2438 A checksum for the entire file is sent to as an extra check the
2439 the reconstructed file is correct.
2441 This results in significant disk IO and computation for BackupPC:
2442 every file in a full backup, or any file with non-matching attributes
2443 in an incremental backup, needs to be uncompressed, block checksums
2444 computed and sent. Then the receiving side reassembles the file and
2445 has to verify the whole-file checksum. Even if the file is identical,
2446 prior to 2.1.0, BackupPC had to read and uncompress the file twice,
2447 once to compute the block checksums and later to verify the whole-file
2448 checksum.
2450 Starting in 2.1.0, BackupPC supports optional checksum caching,
2451 which means the block and file checksums only need to be computed
2452 once for each file. This results in a significant performance
2453 improvement. This only works for compressed pool files.
2454 It is enabled by adding
2456 '--checksum-seed=32761',
2458 to $Conf{RsyncArgs} and $Conf{RsyncRestoreArgs}.
2460 Rsync versions prior to and including rsync-2.6.2 need a small patch to
2461 add support for the --checksum-seed option. This patch is available in
2462 the cygwin-rsyncd package at L<http://backuppc.sourceforge.net>.
2463 This patch is already included in rsync CVS, so it will be standard
2464 in future versions of rsync.
2466 When this option is present, BackupPC will add block and file checksums
2467 to the compressed pool file the next time a pool file is used and it
2468 doesn't already have cached checksums. The first time a new file is
2469 written to the pool, the checksums are not appended. The next time
2470 checksums are needed for a file, they are computed and added. So the
2471 full performance benefit of checksum caching won't be noticed until the
2472 third time a pool file is used (eg: the third full backup).
2474 With checksum caching enabled, there is a risk that should a file's contents
2475 in the pool be corrupted due to a disk problem, but the cached checksums
2476 are still correct, the corruption will not be detected by a full backup,
2477 since the file contents are no longer read and compared. To reduce the
2478 chance that this remains undetected, BackupPC can recheck cached checksums
2479 for a fraction of the files. This fraction is set with the
2480 $Conf{RsyncCsumCacheVerifyProb} setting. The default value of 0.01 means
2481 that 1% of the time a file's checksums are read, the checksums are verified.
2482 This reduces performance slightly, but, over time, ensures that files
2483 contents are in sync with the cached checksums.
2485 The format of the cached checksum data can be discovered by looking at
2486 the code. Basically, the first byte of the compressed file is changed
2487 to denote that checksums are appended. The block and file checksum
2488 data, plus some other information and magic word, are appended to the
2489 compressed file. This allows the cache update to be done in-place.
2491 =head2 File name mangling
2493 Backup file names are stored in "mangled" form. Each node of
2494 a path is preceded by "f" (mnemonic: file), and special characters
2495 (\n, \r, % and /) are URI-encoded as "%xx", where xx is the ascii
2496 character's hex value. So c:/craig/example.txt is now stored as
2497 fc/fcraig/fexample.txt.
2499 This was done mainly so meta-data could be stored alongside the backup
2500 files without name collisions. In particular, the attributes for the
2501 files in a directory are stored in a file called "attrib", and mangling
2502 avoids file name collisions (I discarded the idea of having a duplicate
2503 directory tree for every backup just to store the attributes). Other
2504 meta-data (eg: rsync checksums) could be stored in file names preceded
2505 by, eg, "c". There are two other benefits to mangling: the share name
2506 might contain "/" (eg: "/home/craig" for tar transport), and I wanted
2507 that represented as a single level in the storage tree. Secondly, as
2508 files are written to NewFileList for later processing by BackupPC_link,
2509 embedded newlines in the file's path will cause problems which are
2510 avoided by mangling.
2512 The CGI script undoes the mangling, so it is invisible to the user.
2513 Old (unmangled) backups are still supported by the CGI
2514 interface.
2516 =head2 Special files
2518 Linux/unix file systems support several special file types: symbolic
2519 links, character and block device files, fifos (pipes) and unix-domain
2520 sockets. All except unix-domain sockets are supported by BackupPC
2521 (there's no point in backing up or restoring unix-domain sockets since
2522 they only have meaning after a process creates them). Symbolic links are
2523 stored as a plain file whose contents are the contents of the link (not
2524 the file it points to). This file is compressed and pooled like any
2525 normal file. Character and block device files are also stored as plain
2526 files, whose contents are two integers separated by a comma; the numbers
2527 are the major and minor device number. These files are compressed and
2528 pooled like any normal file. Fifo files are stored as empty plain files
2529 (which are not pooled since they have zero size). In all cases, the
2530 original file type is stored in the attrib file so it can be correctly
2531 restored.
2533 Hardlinks are also supported. When GNU tar first encounters a file with
2534 more than one link (ie: hardlinks) it dumps it as a regular file. When
2535 it sees the second and subsequent hardlinks to the same file, it dumps
2536 just the hardlink information. BackupPC correctly recognizes these
2537 hardlinks and stores them just like symlinks: a regular text file
2538 whose contents is the path of the file linked to. The CGI script
2539 will download the original file when you click on a hardlink.
2541 Also, BackupPC_tarCreate has enough magic to re-create the hardlinks
2542 dynamically based on whether or not the original file and hardlinks
2543 are both included in the tar file. For example, imagine a/b/x is a
2544 hardlink to a/c/y. If you use BackupPC_tarCreate to restore directory
2545 a, then the tar file will include a/b/x as the original file and a/c/y
2546 will be a hardlink to a/b/x. If, instead you restore a/c, then the
2547 tar file will include a/c/y as the original file, not a hardlink.
2549 =head2 Attribute file format
2551 The unix attributes for the contents of a directory (all the files and
2552 directories in that directory) are stored in a file called attrib.
2553 There is a single attrib file for each directory in a backup.
2554 For example, if c:/craig contains a single file c:/craig/example.txt,
2555 that file would be stored as fc/fcraig/fexample.txt and there would be an
2556 attribute file in fc/fcraig/attrib (and also fc/attrib and ./attrib).
2557 The file fc/fcraig/attrib would contain a single entry containing the
2558 attributes for fc/fcraig/fexample.txt.
2560 The attrib file starts with a magic number, followed by the
2561 concatenation of the following information for each file:
2563 =over 4
2565 =item *
2567 File name length in perl's pack "w" format (variable length base 128).
2569 =item *
2571 File name.
2573 =item *
2575 The unix file type, mode, uid, gid and file size divided by 4GB and
2576 file size modulo 4GB (type mode uid gid sizeDiv4GB sizeMod4GB),
2577 in perl's pack "w" format (variable length base 128).
2579 =item *
2581 The unix mtime (unix seconds) in perl's pack "N" format (32 bit integer).
2583 =back
2585 The attrib file is also compressed if compression is enabled.
2586 See the lib/BackupPC/Attrib.pm module for full details.
2588 Attribute files are pooled just like normal backup files. This saves
2589 space if all the files in a directory have the same attributes across
2590 multiple backups, which is common.
2592 =head2 Optimizations
2594 BackupPC doesn't care about the access time of files in the pool
2595 since it saves attribute meta-data separate from the files. Since
2596 BackupPC mostly does reads from disk, maintaining the access time of
2597 files generates a lot of unnecessary disk writes. So, provided
2598 BackupPC has a dedicated data disk, you should consider mounting
2599 BackupPC's data directory with the noatime attribute (see mount(1)).
2601 =head2 Limitations
2603 BackupPC isn't perfect (but it is getting better). Please see
2604 L<http://backuppc.sourceforge.net/faq/limitations.html> for a
2605 discussion of some of BackupPC's limitations.
2607 =head2 Security issues
2609 Please see L<http://backuppc.sourceforge.net/faq/security.html> for a
2610 discussion of some of various security issues.
2612 =head1 Configuration File
2614 The BackupPC configuration file resides in __TOPDIR__/conf/config.pl.
2615 Optional per-PC configuration files reside in __TOPDIR__/pc/$host/config.pl.
2616 This file can be used to override settings just for a particular PC.
2618 =head2 Modifying the main configuration file
2620 The configuration file is a perl script that is executed by BackupPC, so
2621 you should be careful to preserve the file syntax (punctuation, quotes
2622 etc) when you edit it. It is recommended that you use CVS, RCS or some
2623 other method of source control for changing config.pl.
2625 BackupPC reads or re-reads the main configuration file and
2626 the hosts file in three cases:
2628 =over 4
2630 =item *
2632 Upon startup.
2634 =item *
2636 When BackupPC is sent a HUP (-1) signal. Assuming you installed the
2637 init.d script, you can also do this with "/etc/init.d/backuppc reload".
2639 =item *
2641 When the modification time of config.pl file changes. BackupPC
2642 checks the modification time once during each regular wakeup.
2644 =back
2646 Whenever you change the configuration file you can either do
2647 a kill -HUP BackupPC_pid or simply wait until the next regular
2648 wakeup period.
2650 Each time the configuration file is re-read a message is reported in the
2651 LOG file, so you can tail it (or view it via the CGI interface) to make
2652 sure your kill -HUP worked. Errors in parsing the configuration file are
2653 also reported in the LOG file.
2655 The optional per-PC configuration file (__TOPDIR__/pc/$host/config.pl)
2656 is read whenever it is needed by BackupPC_dump, BackupPC_link and others.
2658 =head2 Configuration file includes
2660 If you have a heterogeneous set of clients (eg: a variety of WinXX and
2661 linux/unix machines) you will need to create host-specific config.pl files
2662 for some or all of these machines to customize the default settings from
2663 the master config.pl file (at a minimum to set $Conf{XferMethod}).
2665 Since the config.pl file is just regular perl code, you can include
2666 one config file from another. For example, imagine you had three general
2667 classes of machines: WinXX desktops, linux machines in the DMZ and
2668 linux desktops. You could create three config files in __TOPDIR__/conf:
2670 __TOPDIR__/conf/ConfigWinDesktop.pl
2671 __TOPDIR__/conf/ConfigLinuxDMZ.pl
2672 __TOPDIR__/conf/ConfigLinuxDesktop.pl
2674 From each client's directory you can either add a symbolic link to
2675 the appropriate config file:
2677 cd __TOPDIR__/pc/$host
2678 ln -s ../../conf/ConfigWinDesktop.pl config.pl
2680 or, better yet, create a config.pl file in __TOPDIR__/pc/$host
2681 that includes the default config.pl file using perl's "do"
2682 command:
2684 do "__TOPDIR__/conf/ConfigWinDesktop.pl";
2686 This alternative allows you to set other configuration options
2687 specific to each host after the "do" command (perhaps even
2688 overriding the settings in the included file).
2690 Note that you could also include snippets of configuration settings
2691 from the main configuration file. However, be aware that the
2692 modification-time checking that BackupPC does only applies to the
2693 main configuration file: if you change one of the included files,
2694 BackupPC won't notice. You will need to either touch the main
2695 configuration file too, or send BackupPC a HUP (-1) signal.
2697 =head1 Configuration Parameters
2699 The configuration parameters are divided into five general groups.
2700 The first group (general server configuration) provides general
2701 configuration for BackupPC. The next two groups describe what to
2702 backup, when to do it, and how long to keep it. The fourth group
2703 are settings for email reminders, and the final group contains
2704 settings for the CGI interface.
2706 All configuration settings in the second through fifth groups can
2707 be overridden by the per-PC config.pl file.
2709 =head2 General server configuration
2711 =over 4
2713 =item $Conf{ServerHost} = '';
2715 Host name on which the BackupPC server is running.
2717 =item $Conf{ServerPort} = -1;
2719 TCP port number on which the BackupPC server listens for and accepts
2720 connections. Normally this should be disabled (set to -1). The TCP
2721 port is only needed if apache runs on a different machine from BackupPC.
2722 In that case, set this to any spare port number over 1024 (eg: 2359).
2723 If you enable the TCP port, make sure you set $Conf{ServerMesgSecret}
2724 too!
2726 =item $Conf{ServerMesgSecret} = '';
2728 Shared secret to make the TCP port secure. Set this to a hard to guess
2729 string if you enable the TCP port (ie: $Conf{ServerPort} > 0).
2731 To avoid possible attacks via the TCP socket interface, every client
2732 message is protected by an MD5 digest. The MD5 digest includes four
2733 items:
2734 - a seed that is sent to the client when the connection opens
2735 - a sequence number that increments for each message
2736 - a shared secret that is stored in $Conf{ServerMesgSecret}
2737 - the message itself.
2739 The message is sent in plain text preceded by the MD5 digest. A
2740 snooper can see the plain-text seed sent by BackupPC and plain-text
2741 message from the client, but cannot construct a valid MD5 digest since
2742 the secret $Conf{ServerMesgSecret} is unknown. A replay attack is
2743 not possible since the seed changes on a per-connection and
2744 per-message basis.
2746 =item $Conf{MyPath} = '/bin';
2748 PATH setting for BackupPC. An explicit value is necessary
2749 for taint mode. Value shouldn't matter too much since
2750 all execs use explicit paths. However, taint mode in perl
2751 will complain if this directory is world writable.
2753 =item $Conf{UmaskMode} = 027;
2755 Permission mask for directories and files created by BackupPC.
2756 Default value prevents any access from group other, and prevents
2757 group write.
2759 =item $Conf{WakeupSchedule} = [1..23];
2761 Times at which we wake up, check all the PCs, and schedule necessary
2762 backups. Times are measured in hours since midnight. Can be
2763 fractional if necessary (eg: 4.25 means 4:15am).
2765 If the hosts you are backing up are always connected to the network
2766 you might have only one or two wakeups each night. This will keep
2767 the backup activity after hours. On the other hand, if you are backing
2768 up laptops that are only intermittently connected to the network you
2769 will want to have frequent wakeups (eg: hourly) to maximized the chance
2770 that each laptop is backed up.
2772 Examples:
2774 $Conf{WakeupSchedule} = [22.5]; # once per day at 10:30 pm.
2775 $Conf{WakeupSchedule} = [1..23]; # every hour except midnight
2776 $Conf{WakeupSchedule} = [2,4,6,8,10,12,14,16,18,20,22]; # every 2 hours
2778 The default value is every hour except midnight.
2780 The first entry of $Conf{WakeupSchedule} is when BackupPC_nightly
2781 is run. No other backups can run while BackupPC_nightly is
2782 running. You might want to re-arrange the entries in
2783 $Conf{WakeupSchedule} (they don't have to be ascending) so that
2784 the first entry is when you want BackupPC_nightly to run
2785 (eg: when you don't expect a lot of regular backups to run).
2787 =item $Conf{MaxBackups} = 4;
2789 Maximum number of simultaneous backups to run. If there
2790 are no user backup requests then this is the maximum number
2791 of simultaneous backups.
2793 =item $Conf{MaxUserBackups} = 4;
2795 Additional number of simultaneous backups that users can run.
2796 As many as $Conf{MaxBackups} + $Conf{MaxUserBackups} requests can
2797 run at the same time.
2799 =item $Conf{MaxPendingCmds} = 10;
2801 Maximum number of pending link commands. New backups will only be
2802 started if there are no more than $Conf{MaxPendingCmds} plus
2803 $Conf{MaxBackups} number of pending link commands, plus running jobs.
2804 This limit is to make sure BackupPC doesn't fall too far behind in
2805 running BackupPC_link commands.
2807 =item $Conf{MaxBackupPCNightlyJobs} = 2;
2809 How many BackupPC_nightly processes to run in parallel.
2811 Each night, at the first wakeup listed in $Conf{WakeupSchedule},
2812 BackupPC_nightly is run. Its job is to remove unneeded files
2813 in the pool, ie: files that only have one link. To avoid race
2814 conditions, BackupPC_nightly runs only when there are no backups
2815 running, and no backups will start while it runs.
2817 So to reduce the elapsed time, you might want to increase this
2818 setting to run several BackupPC_nightly processes in parallel
2819 (eg: 4, or even 8).
2821 =item $Conf{BackupPCNightlyPeriod} = 1;
2823 How many days (runs) it takes BackupPC_nightly to traverse the
2824 entire pool. Normally this is 1, which means every night it runs,
2825 it does traverse the entire pool removing unused pool files.
2827 Other valid values are 2, 4, 8, 16. This causes BackupPC_nightly to
2828 traverse 1/2, 1/4, 1/8 or 1/16th of the pool each night, meaning it
2829 takes 2, 4, 8 or 16 days to completely traverse the pool. The
2830 advantage is that each night the running time of BackupPC_nightly
2831 is reduced roughly in proportion, since the total job is split
2832 over multiple days. The disadvantage is that unused pool files
2833 take longer to get deleted, which will slightly increase disk
2834 usage.
2836 Note that even when $Conf{BackupPCNightlyPeriod} > 1, BackupPC_nightly
2837 still runs every night. It just does less work each time it runs.
2839 Examples:
2842 $Conf{BackupPCNightlyPeriod} = 1; # entire pool is checked every night
2844 $Conf{BackupPCNightlyPeriod} = 2; # two days to complete pool check
2845 # (different half each night)
2847 $Conf{BackupPCNightlyPeriod} = 4; # four days to complete pool check
2848 # (different quarter each night)
2850 =item $Conf{MaxOldLogFiles} = 14;
2852 Maximum number of log files we keep around in log directory.
2853 These files are aged nightly. A setting of 14 means the log
2854 directory will contain about 2 weeks of old log files, in
2855 particular at most the files LOG, LOG.0, LOG.1, ... LOG.13
2856 (except today's LOG, these files will have a .z extension if
2857 compression is on).
2859 If you decrease this number after BackupPC has been running for a
2860 while you will have to manually remove the older log files.
2862 =item $Conf{DfPath} = '/bin/df';
2864 Full path to the df command. Security caution: normal users
2865 should not allowed to write to this file or directory.
2867 =item $Conf{DfCmd} = '$dfPath $topDir';
2869 Command to run df. The following variables are substituted at run-time:
2871 $dfPath path to df ($Conf{DfPath})
2872 $topDir top-level BackupPC data directory
2874 =item $Conf{DfMaxUsagePct} = 95;
2876 Maximum threshold for disk utilization on the __TOPDIR__ filesystem.
2877 If the output from $Conf{DfPath} reports a percentage larger than
2878 this number then no new regularly scheduled backups will be run.
2879 However, user requested backups (which are usually incremental and
2880 tend to be small) are still performed, independent of disk usage.
2881 Also, currently running backups will not be terminated when the disk
2882 usage exceeds this number.
2884 =item $Conf{TrashCleanSleepSec} = 300;
2886 How long BackupPC_trashClean sleeps in seconds between each check
2887 of the trash directory. Once every 5 minutes should be reasonable.
2889 =item $Conf{DHCPAddressRanges} = [];
2891 List of DHCP address ranges we search looking for PCs to backup.
2892 This is an array of hashes for each class C address range.
2893 This is only needed if hosts in the conf/hosts file have the
2894 dhcp flag set.
2896 Examples:
2898 # to specify to as the DHCP address pool
2899 $Conf{DHCPAddressRanges} = [
2900 {
2901 ipAddrBase => '192.10.10',
2902 first => 20,
2903 last => 250,
2904 },
2905 ];
2906 # to specify two pools ( and
2907 $Conf{DHCPAddressRanges} = [
2908 {
2909 ipAddrBase => '192.10.10',
2910 first => 20,
2911 last => 250,
2912 },
2913 {
2914 ipAddrBase => '192.10.11',
2915 first => 10,
2916 last => 50,
2917 },
2918 ];
2920 =item $Conf{BackupPCUser} = '';
2922 =item $Conf{CgiDir} = '';
2924 =item $Conf{InstallDir} = '';
2926 These configuration settings aren't used by BackupPC, but simply
2927 remember a few settings used by configure.pl during installation.
2928 These are used by configure.pl when upgrading to new versions of
2929 BackupPC.
2931 =item $Conf{BackupPCUserVerify} = 1;
2933 Whether BackupPC and the CGI script BackupPC_Admin verify that they
2934 are really running as user $Conf{BackupPCUser}. If this flag is set
2935 and the effective user id (euid) differs from $Conf{BackupPCUser}
2936 then both scripts exit with an error. This catches cases where
2937 BackupPC might be accidently started as root or the wrong user,
2938 or if the CGI script is not installed correctly.
2940 =item $Conf{HardLinkMax} = 31999;
2942 Maximum number of hardlinks supported by the $TopDir file system
2943 that BackupPC uses. Most linux or unix file systems should support
2944 at least 32000 hardlinks per file, or 64000 in other cases. If a pool
2945 file already has this number of hardlinks, a new pool file is created
2946 so that new hardlinks can be accommodated. This limit will only
2947 be hit if an identical file appears at least this number of times
2948 across all the backups.
2950 =back
2952 =head2 What to backup and when to do it
2954 =over 4
2956 =item $Conf{SmbShareName} = 'C$';
2958 Name of the host share that is backed up when using SMB. This can be a
2959 string or an array of strings if there are multiple shares per host.
2960 Examples:
2963 $Conf{SmbShareName} = 'c'; # backup 'c' share
2964 $Conf{SmbShareName} = ['c', 'd']; # backup 'c' and 'd' shares
2966 This setting only matters if $Conf{XferMethod} = 'smb'.
2968 =item $Conf{SmbShareUserName} = '';
2970 Smbclient share user name. This is passed to smbclient's -U argument.
2972 This setting only matters if $Conf{XferMethod} = 'smb'.
2974 =item $Conf{SmbSharePasswd} = '';
2976 Smbclient share password. This is passed to smbclient via its PASSWD
2977 environment variable. There are several ways you can tell BackupPC
2978 the smb share password. In each case you should be very careful about
2979 security. If you put the password here, make sure that this file is
2980 not readable by regular users! See the "Setting up config.pl" section
2981 in the documentation for more information.
2983 This setting only matters if $Conf{XferMethod} = 'smb'.
2985 =item $Conf{TarShareName} = '/';
2987 Which host directories to backup when using tar transport. This can be a
2988 string or an array of strings if there are multiple directories to
2989 backup per host. Examples:
2992 $Conf{TarShareName} = '/'; # backup everything
2993 $Conf{TarShareName} = '/home'; # only backup /home
2994 $Conf{TarShareName} = ['/home', '/src']; # backup /home and /src
2996 The fact this parameter is called 'TarShareName' is for historical
2997 consistency with the Smb transport options. You can use any valid
2998 directory on the client: there is no need for it to correspond to
2999 any Smb share or device mount point.
3001 Note also that you can also use $Conf{BackupFilesOnly} to specify
3002 a specific list of directories to backup. It's more efficient to
3003 use this option instead of $Conf{TarShareName} since a new tar is
3004 run for each entry in $Conf{TarShareName}.
3006 On the other hand, if you add --one-file-system to $Conf{TarClientCmd}
3007 you can backup each file system separately, which makes restoring one
3008 bad file system easier. In this case you would list all of the mount
3009 points here, since you can't get the same result with
3010 $Conf{BackupFilesOnly}:
3012 $Conf{TarShareName} = ['/', '/var', '/data', '/boot'];
3014 This setting only matters if $Conf{XferMethod} = 'tar'.
3016 =item $Conf{FullPeriod} = 6.97;
3018 Minimum period in days between full backups. A full dump will only be
3019 done if at least this much time has elapsed since the last full dump,
3020 and at least $Conf{IncrPeriod} days has elapsed since the last
3021 successful dump.
3023 Typically this is set slightly less than an integer number of days. The
3024 time taken for the backup, plus the granularity of $Conf{WakeupSchedule}
3025 will make the actual backup interval a bit longer.
3027 There are two special values for $Conf{FullPeriod}:
3029 -1 Don't do any regular backups on this machine. Manually
3030 requested backups (via the CGI interface) will still occur.
3032 -2 Don't do any backups on this machine. Manually requested
3033 backups (via the CGI interface) will be ignored.
3035 These special settings are useful for a client that is no longer
3036 being backed up (eg: a retired machine), but you wish to keep the
3037 last backups available for browsing or restoring to other machines.
3039 =item $Conf{IncrPeriod} = 0.97;
3041 Minimum period in days between incremental backups (a user requested
3042 incremental backup will be done anytime on demand).
3044 Typically this is set slightly less than an integer number of days. The
3045 time taken for the backup, plus the granularity of $Conf{WakeupSchedule}
3046 will make the actual backup interval a bit longer.
3048 =item $Conf{FullKeepCnt} = 1;
3050 Number of full backups to keep. Must be >= 1.
3052 In the steady state, each time a full backup completes successfully
3053 the oldest one is removed. If this number is decreased, the
3054 extra old backups will be removed.
3056 If filling of incremental dumps is off the oldest backup always
3057 has to be a full (ie: filled) dump. This might mean one or two
3058 extra full dumps are kept until the oldest incremental backups expire.
3060 Exponential backup expiry is also supported. This allows you to specify:
3062 - num fulls to keep at intervals of 1 * $Conf{FullPeriod}, followed by
3063 - num fulls to keep at intervals of 2 * $Conf{FullPeriod},
3064 - num fulls to keep at intervals of 4 * $Conf{FullPeriod},
3065 - num fulls to keep at intervals of 8 * $Conf{FullPeriod},
3066 - num fulls to keep at intervals of 16 * $Conf{FullPeriod},
3068 and so on. This works by deleting every other full as each expiry
3069 boundary is crossed.
3071 Exponential expiry is specified using an array for $Conf{FullKeepCnt}:
3073 $Conf{FullKeepCnt} = [4, 2, 3];
3075 Entry #n specifies how many fulls to keep at an interval of
3076 2^n * $Conf{FullPeriod} (ie: 1, 2, 4, 8, 16, 32, ...).
3078 The example above specifies keeping 4 of the most recent full backups
3079 (1 week interval) two full backups at 2 week intervals, and 3 full
3080 backups at 4 week intervals, eg:
3082 full 0 19 weeks old \
3083 full 1 15 weeks old >--- 3 backups at 4 * $Conf{FullPeriod}
3084 full 2 11 weeks old /
3085 full 3 7 weeks old \____ 2 backups at 2 * $Conf{FullPeriod}
3086 full 4 5 weeks old /
3087 full 5 3 weeks old \
3088 full 6 2 weeks old \___ 4 backups at 1 * $Conf{FullPeriod}
3089 full 7 1 week old /
3090 full 8 current /
3092 On a given week the spacing might be less than shown as each backup
3093 ages through each expiry period. For example, one week later, a
3094 new full is completed and the oldest is deleted, giving:
3096 full 0 16 weeks old \
3097 full 1 12 weeks old >--- 3 backups at 4 * $Conf{FullPeriod}
3098 full 2 8 weeks old /
3099 full 3 6 weeks old \____ 2 backups at 2 * $Conf{FullPeriod}
3100 full 4 4 weeks old /
3101 full 5 3 weeks old \
3102 full 6 2 weeks old \___ 4 backups at 1 * $Conf{FullPeriod}
3103 full 7 1 week old /
3104 full 8 current /
3106 You can specify 0 as a count (except in the first entry), and the
3107 array can be as long as you wish. For example:
3110 $Conf{FullKeepCnt} = [4, 0, 4, 0, 0, 2];
3112 This will keep 10 full dumps, 4 most recent at 1 * $Conf{FullPeriod},
3113 followed by 4 at an interval of 4 * $Conf{FullPeriod} (approx 1 month
3114 apart), and then 2 at an interval of 32 * $Conf{FullPeriod} (approx
3115 7-8 months apart).
3117 Example: these two settings are equivalent and both keep just
3118 the four most recent full dumps:
3120 $Conf{FullKeepCnt} = 4;
3121 $Conf{FullKeepCnt} = [4];
3123 =item $Conf{FullKeepCntMin} = 1;
3125 =item $Conf{FullAgeMax} = 90;
3127 Very old full backups are removed after $Conf{FullAgeMax} days. However,
3128 we keep at least $Conf{FullKeepCntMin} full backups no matter how old
3129 they are.
3131 Note that $Conf{FullAgeMax} will be increased to $Conf{FullAgeMax}
3132 times $Conf{FullPeriod} if $Conf{FullAgeMax} specifies enough
3133 full backups to exceed $Conf{FullAgeMax}.
3135 =item $Conf{IncrKeepCnt} = 6;
3137 Number of incremental backups to keep. Must be >= 1.
3139 In the steady state, each time an incr backup completes successfully
3140 the oldest one is removed. If this number is decreased, the
3141 extra old backups will be removed.
3143 =item $Conf{IncrKeepCntMin} = 1;
3145 =item $Conf{IncrAgeMax} = 30;
3147 Very old incremental backups are removed after $Conf{IncrAgeMax} days.
3148 However, we keep at least $Conf{IncrKeepCntMin} incremental backups no
3149 matter how old they are.
3151 =item $Conf{PartialAgeMax} = 3;
3153 A failed full backup is saved as a partial backup. The rsync
3154 XferMethod can take advantage of the partial full when the next
3155 backup is run. This parameter sets the age of the partial full
3156 in days: if the partial backup is older than this number of
3157 days, then rsync will ignore (not use) the partial full when
3158 the next backup is run. If you set this to a negative value
3159 then no partials will be saved. If you set this to 0, partials
3160 will be saved, but will not be used by the next backup.
3162 The default setting of 3 days means that a partial older than
3163 3 days is ignored when the next full backup is done.
3165 =item $Conf{IncrFill} = 0;
3167 Whether incremental backups are filled. "Filling" means that the
3168 most recent full (or filled) dump is merged into the new incremental
3169 dump using hardlinks. This makes an incremental dump look like a
3170 full dump. Prior to v1.03 all incremental backups were filled.
3171 In v1.4.0 and later the default is off.
3173 BackupPC, and the cgi interface in particular, do the right thing on
3174 un-filled incremental backups. It will correctly display the merged
3175 incremental backup with the most recent filled backup, giving the
3176 un-filled incremental backups a filled appearance. That means it
3177 invisible to the user whether incremental dumps are filled or not.
3179 Filling backups takes a little extra disk space, and it does cost
3180 some extra disk activity for filling, and later removal. Filling
3181 is no longer useful, since file mangling and compression doesn't
3182 make a filled backup very useful. It's likely the filling option
3183 will be removed from future versions: filling will be delegated to
3184 the display and extraction of backup data.
3186 If filling is off, BackupPC makes sure that the oldest backup is
3187 a full, otherwise the following incremental backups will be
3188 incomplete. This might mean an extra full backup has to be
3189 kept until the following incremental backups expire.
3191 The default is off. You can turn this on or off at any
3192 time without affecting existing backups.
3194 =item $Conf{RestoreInfoKeepCnt} = 10;
3196 Number of restore logs to keep. BackupPC remembers information about
3197 each restore request. This number per client will be kept around before
3198 the oldest ones are pruned.
3200 Note: files/dirs delivered via Zip or Tar downloads don't count as
3201 restores. Only the first restore option (where the files and dirs
3202 are written to the host) count as restores that are logged.
3204 =item $Conf{ArchiveInfoKeepCnt} = 10;
3206 Number of archive logs to keep. BackupPC remembers information
3207 about each archive request. This number per archive client will
3208 be kept around before the oldest ones are pruned.
3210 =item $Conf{BackupFilesOnly} = undef;
3212 List of directories or files to backup. If this is defined, only these
3213 directories or files will be backed up.
3215 For Smb, only one of $Conf{BackupFilesExclude} and $Conf{BackupFilesOnly}
3216 can be specified per share. If both are set for a particular share, then
3217 $Conf{BackupFilesOnly} takes precedence and $Conf{BackupFilesExclude}
3218 is ignored.
3220 This can be set to a string, an array of strings, or, in the case
3221 of multiple shares, a hash of strings or arrays. A hash is used
3222 to give a list of directories or files to backup for each share
3223 (the share name is the key). If this is set to just a string or
3224 array, and $Conf{SmbShareName} contains multiple share names, then
3225 the setting is assumed to apply all shares.
3227 Examples:
3229 $Conf{BackupFilesOnly} = '/myFiles';
3230 $Conf{BackupFilesOnly} = ['/myFiles']; # same as first example
3231 $Conf{BackupFilesOnly} = ['/myFiles', '/important'];
3232 $Conf{BackupFilesOnly} = {
3233 'c' => ['/myFiles', '/important'], # these are for 'c' share
3234 'd' => ['/moreFiles', '/archive'], # these are for 'd' share
3235 };
3237 =item $Conf{BackupFilesExclude} = undef;
3239 List of directories or files to exclude from the backup. For Smb,
3240 only one of $Conf{BackupFilesExclude} and $Conf{BackupFilesOnly}
3241 can be specified per share. If both are set for a particular share,
3242 then $Conf{BackupFilesOnly} takes precedence and
3243 $Conf{BackupFilesExclude} is ignored.
3245 This can be set to a string, an array of strings, or, in the case
3246 of multiple shares, a hash of strings or arrays. A hash is used
3247 to give a list of directories or files to exclude for each share
3248 (the share name is the key). If this is set to just a string or
3249 array, and $Conf{SmbShareName} contains multiple share names, then
3250 the setting is assumed to apply to all shares.
3252 The exact behavior is determined by the underlying transport program,
3253 smbclient or tar. For smbclient the exlclude file list is passed into
3254 the X option. Simple shell wild-cards using "*" or "?" are allowed.
3256 For tar, if the exclude file contains a "/" it is assumed to be anchored
3257 at the start of the string. Since all the tar paths start with "./",
3258 BackupPC prepends a "." if the exclude file starts with a "/". Note
3259 that GNU tar version >= 1.13.7 is required for the exclude option to
3260 work correctly. For linux or unix machines you should add
3261 "/proc" to $Conf{BackupFilesExclude} unless you have specified
3262 --one-file-system in $Conf{TarClientCmd} or --one-file-system in
3263 $Conf{RsyncArgs}. Also, for tar, do not use a trailing "/" in
3264 the directory name: a trailing "/" causes the name to not match
3265 and the directory will not be excluded.
3267 Users report that for smbclient you should specify a directory
3268 followed by "/*", eg: "/proc/*", instead of just "/proc".
3270 Examples:
3272 $Conf{BackupFilesExclude} = '/temp';
3273 $Conf{BackupFilesExclude} = ['/temp']; # same as first example
3274 $Conf{BackupFilesExclude} = ['/temp', '/winnt/tmp'];
3275 $Conf{BackupFilesExclude} = {
3276 'c' => ['/temp', '/winnt/tmp'], # these are for 'c' share
3277 'd' => ['/junk', '/dont_back_this_up'], # these are for 'd' share
3278 };
3280 =item $Conf{BlackoutBadPingLimit} = 3;
3282 =item $Conf{BlackoutGoodCnt} = 7;
3284 PCs that are always or often on the network can be backed up after
3285 hours, to reduce PC, network and server load during working hours. For
3286 each PC a count of consecutive good pings is maintained. Once a PC has
3287 at least $Conf{BlackoutGoodCnt} consecutive good pings it is subject
3288 to "blackout" and not backed up during hours and days specified by
3289 $Conf{BlackoutPeriods}.
3291 To allow for periodic rebooting of a PC or other brief periods when a
3292 PC is not on the network, a number of consecutive bad pings is allowed
3293 before the good ping count is reset. This parameter is
3294 $Conf{BlackoutBadPingLimit}.
3296 Note that bad and good pings don't occur with the same interval. If a
3297 machine is always on the network, it will only be pinged roughly once
3298 every $Conf{IncrPeriod} (eg: once per day). So a setting for
3299 $Conf{BlackoutGoodCnt} of 7 means it will take around 7 days for a
3300 machine to be subject to blackout. On the other hand, if a ping is
3301 failed, it will be retried roughly every time BackupPC wakes up, eg,
3302 every one or two hours. So a setting for $Conf{BlackoutBadPingLimit} of
3303 3 means that the PC will lose its blackout status after 3-6 hours of
3304 unavailability.
3306 To disable the blackout feature set $Conf{BlackoutGoodCnt} to a negative
3307 value. A value of 0 will make all machines subject to blackout. But
3308 if you don't want to do any backups during the day it would be easier
3309 to just set $Conf{WakeupSchedule} to a restricted schedule.
3311 =item $Conf{BlackoutPeriods} = [ ... ];
3313 One or more blackout periods can be specified. If a client is
3314 subject to blackout then no regular (non-manual) backups will
3315 be started during any of these periods. hourBegin and hourEnd
3316 specify hours fro midnight and weekDays is a list of days of
3317 the week where 0 is Sunday, 1 is Monday etc.
3319 For example:
3322 $Conf{BlackoutPeriods} = [
3323 {
3324 hourBegin => 7.0,
3325 hourEnd => 19.5,
3326 weekDays => [1, 2, 3, 4, 5],
3327 },
3328 ];
3330 specifies one blackout period from 7:00am to 7:30pm local time
3331 on Mon-Fri.
3333 The blackout period can also span midnight by setting
3334 hourBegin > hourEnd, eg:
3336 $Conf{BlackoutPeriods} = [
3337 {
3338 hourBegin => 7.0,
3339 hourEnd => 19.5,
3340 weekDays => [1, 2, 3, 4, 5],
3341 },
3342 {
3343 hourBegin => 23,
3344 hourEnd => 5,
3345 weekDays => [5, 6],
3346 },
3347 ];
3349 This specifies one blackout period from 7:00am to 7:30pm local time
3350 on Mon-Fri, and a second period from 11pm to 5am on Friday and
3351 Saturday night.
3353 =item $Conf{BackupZeroFilesIsFatal} = 1;
3355 A backup of a share that has zero files is considered fatal. This is
3356 used to catch miscellaneous Xfer errors that result in no files being
3357 backed up. If you have shares that might be empty (and therefore an
3358 empty backup is valid) you should set this flag to 0.
3360 =back
3362 =head2 General per-PC configuration settings
3364 =over 4
3366 =item $Conf{XferMethod} = 'smb';
3368 What transport method to use to backup each host. If you have
3369 a mixed set of WinXX and linux/unix hosts you will need to override
3370 this in the per-PC config.pl.
3372 The valid values are:
3374 - 'smb': backup and restore via smbclient and the SMB protocol.
3375 Easiest choice for WinXX.
3377 - 'rsync': backup and restore via rsync (via rsh or ssh).
3378 Best choice for linux/unix. Good choice also for WinXX.
3380 - 'rsyncd': backup and restre via rsync daemon on the client.
3381 Best choice for linux/unix if you have rsyncd running on
3382 the client. Good choice also for WinXX.
3384 - 'tar': backup and restore via tar, tar over ssh, rsh or nfs.
3385 Good choice for linux/unix.
3387 - 'archive': host is a special archive host. Backups are not done.
3388 An archive host is used to archive other host's backups
3389 to permanent media, such as tape, CDR or DVD.
3392 =item $Conf{XferLogLevel} = 1;
3394 Level of verbosity in Xfer log files. 0 means be quiet, 1 will give
3395 will give one line per file, 2 will also show skipped files on
3396 incrementals, higher values give more output.
3398 =item $Conf{SmbClientPath} = '/usr/bin/smbclient';
3400 Full path for smbclient. Security caution: normal users should not
3401 allowed to write to this file or directory.
3403 smbclient is from the Samba distribution. smbclient is used to
3404 actually extract the incremental or full dump of the share filesystem
3405 from the PC.
3407 This setting only matters if $Conf{XferMethod} = 'smb'.
3409 =item $Conf{SmbClientFullCmd} = '$smbClientPath \\\\$host\\$shareName' ...
3411 Command to run smbclient for a full dump.
3412 This setting only matters if $Conf{XferMethod} = 'smb'.
3414 The following variables are substituted at run-time:
3416 $smbClientPath same as $Conf{SmbClientPath}
3417 $host host to backup/restore
3418 $hostIP host IP address
3419 $shareName share name
3420 $userName user name
3421 $fileList list of files to backup (based on exclude/include)
3422 $I_option optional -I option to smbclient
3423 $X_option exclude option (if $fileList is an exclude list)
3424 $timeStampFile start time for incremental dump
3426 =item $Conf{SmbClientIncrCmd} = '$smbClientPath \\\\$host\\$shareName' ...
3428 Command to run smbclient for an incremental dump.
3429 This setting only matters if $Conf{XferMethod} = 'smb'.
3431 Same variable substitutions are applied as $Conf{SmbClientFullCmd}.
3433 =item $Conf{SmbClientRestoreCmd} = '$smbClientPath \\\\$host\\$shareName' ...
3435 Command to run smbclient for a restore.
3436 This setting only matters if $Conf{XferMethod} = 'smb'.
3438 Same variable substitutions are applied as $Conf{SmbClientFullCmd}.
3440 If your smb share is read-only then direct restores will fail.
3441 You should set $Conf{SmbClientRestoreCmd} to undef and the
3442 corresponding CGI restore option will be removed.
3444 =item $Conf{TarClientCmd} = '$sshPath -q -x -n -l root $host' ...
3446 Full command to run tar on the client. GNU tar is required. You will
3447 need to fill in the correct paths for ssh2 on the local host (server)
3448 and GNU tar on the client. Security caution: normal users should not
3449 allowed to write to these executable files or directories.
3451 See the documentation for more information about setting up ssh2 keys.
3453 If you plan to use NFS then tar just runs locally and ssh2 is not needed.
3454 For example, assuming the client filesystem is mounted below /mnt/hostName,
3455 you could use something like:
3457 $Conf{TarClientCmd} = '$tarPath -c -v -f - -C /mnt/$host/$shareName'
3458 . ' --totals';
3460 In the case of NFS or rsh you need to make sure BackupPC's privileges
3461 are sufficient to read all the files you want to backup. Also, you
3462 will probably want to add "/proc" to $Conf{BackupFilesExclude}.
3464 The following variables are substituted at run-time:
3466 $host host name
3467 $hostIP host's IP address
3468 $incrDate newer-than date for incremental backups
3469 $shareName share name to backup (ie: top-level directory path)
3470 $fileList specific files to backup or exclude
3471 $tarPath same as $Conf{TarClientPath}
3472 $sshPath same as $Conf{SshPath}
3474 If a variable is followed by a "+" it is shell escaped. This is
3475 necessary for the command part of ssh or rsh, since it ends up
3476 getting passed through the shell.
3478 This setting only matters if $Conf{XferMethod} = 'tar'.
3480 =item $Conf{TarFullArgs} = '$fileList+';
3482 Extra tar arguments for full backups. Several variables are substituted at
3483 run-time. See $Conf{TarClientCmd} for the list of variable substitutions.
3485 If you are running tar locally (ie: without rsh or ssh) then remove the
3486 "+" so that the argument is no longer shell escaped.
3488 This setting only matters if $Conf{XferMethod} = 'tar'.
3490 =item $Conf{TarIncrArgs} = '--newer=$incrDate+ $fileList+';
3492 Extra tar arguments for incr backups. Several variables are substituted at
3493 run-time. See $Conf{TarClientCmd} for the list of variable substitutions.
3495 Note that GNU tar has several methods for specifying incremental backups,
3496 including:
3498 --newer-mtime $incrDate+
3499 This causes a file to be included if the modification time is
3500 later than $incrDate (meaning its contents might have changed).
3501 But changes in the ownership or modes will not qualify the
3502 file to be included in an incremental.
3504 --newer=$incrDate+
3505 This causes the file to be included if any attribute of the
3506 file is later than $incrDate, meaning either attributes or
3507 the modification time. This is the default method. Do
3508 not use --atime-preserve in $Conf{TarClientCmd} above,
3509 otherwise resetting the atime (access time) counts as an
3510 attribute change, meaning the file will always be included
3511 in each new incremental dump.
3513 If you are running tar locally (ie: without rsh or ssh) then remove the
3514 "+" so that the argument is no longer shell escaped.
3516 This setting only matters if $Conf{XferMethod} = 'tar'.
3518 =item $Conf{TarClientRestoreCmd} = '$sshPath -q -x -l root $host' ...
3520 Full command to run tar for restore on the client. GNU tar is required.
3521 This can be the same as $Conf{TarClientCmd}, with tar's -c replaced by -x
3522 and ssh's -n removed.
3524 See $Conf{TarClientCmd} for full details.
3526 This setting only matters if $Conf{XferMethod} = "tar".
3528 If you want to disable direct restores using tar, you should set
3529 $Conf{TarClientRestoreCmd} to undef and the corresponding CGI
3530 restore option will be removed.
3532 =item $Conf{TarClientPath} = '/bin/tar';
3534 Full path for tar on the client. Security caution: normal users should not
3535 allowed to write to this file or directory.
3537 This setting only matters if $Conf{XferMethod} = 'tar'.
3539 =item $Conf{RsyncClientPath} = '/bin/rsync';
3541 Path to rsync executable on the client
3543 =item $Conf{RsyncClientCmd} = '$sshPath -q -x -l root $host $rsyncPath $argList+';
3545 Full command to run rsync on the client machine. The following variables
3546 are substituted at run-time:
3548 $host host name being backed up
3549 $hostIP host's IP address
3550 $shareName share name to backup (ie: top-level directory path)
3551 $rsyncPath same as $Conf{RsyncClientPath}
3552 $sshPath same as $Conf{SshPath}
3553 $argList argument list, built from $Conf{RsyncArgs},
3554 $shareName, $Conf{BackupFilesExclude} and
3555 $Conf{BackupFilesOnly}
3557 This setting only matters if $Conf{XferMethod} = 'rsync'.
3559 =item $Conf{RsyncClientRestoreCmd} = '$sshPath -q -x -l root $host $rsyncPath $argList+';
3561 Full command to run rsync for restore on the client. The following
3562 variables are substituted at run-time:
3564 $host host name being backed up
3565 $hostIP host's IP address
3566 $shareName share name to backup (ie: top-level directory path)
3567 $rsyncPath same as $Conf{RsyncClientPath}
3568 $sshPath same as $Conf{SshPath}
3569 $argList argument list, built from $Conf{RsyncArgs},
3570 $shareName, $Conf{BackupFilesExclude} and
3571 $Conf{BackupFilesOnly}
3573 This setting only matters if $Conf{XferMethod} = 'rsync'.
3575 =item $Conf{RsyncShareName} = '/';
3577 Share name to backup. For $Conf{XferMethod} = "rsync" this should
3578 be a file system path, eg '/' or '/home'.
3580 For $Conf{XferMethod} = "rsyncd" this should be the name of the module
3581 to backup (ie: the name from /etc/rsynd.conf).
3583 This can also be a list of multiple file system paths or modules.
3584 For example, by adding --one-file-system to $Conf{RsyncArgs} you
3585 can backup each file system separately, which makes restoring one
3586 bad file system easier. In this case you would list all of the mount
3587 points:
3589 $Conf{RsyncShareName} = ['/', '/var', '/data', '/boot'];
3591 =item $Conf{RsyncdClientPort} = 873;
3593 Rsync daemon port on the client, for $Conf{XferMethod} = "rsyncd".
3595 =item $Conf{RsyncdUserName} = '';
3597 Rsync daemon user name on client, for $Conf{XferMethod} = "rsyncd".
3598 The user name and password are stored on the client in whatever file
3599 the "secrets file" parameter in rsyncd.conf points to
3600 (eg: /etc/rsyncd.secrets).
3602 =item $Conf{RsyncdPasswd} = '';
3604 Rsync daemon user name on client, for $Conf{XferMethod} = "rsyncd".
3605 The user name and password are stored on the client in whatever file
3606 the "secrets file" parameter in rsyncd.conf points to
3607 (eg: /etc/rsyncd.secrets).
3609 =item $Conf{RsyncdAuthRequired} = 1;
3611 Whether authentication is mandatory when connecting to the client's
3612 rsyncd. By default this is on, ensuring that BackupPC will refuse to
3613 connect to an rsyncd on the client that is not password protected.
3614 Turn off at your own risk.
3616 =item $Conf{RsyncCsumCacheVerifyProb} = 0.01;
3618 When rsync checksum caching is enabled (by adding the
3619 --checksum-seed=32761 option to $Conf{RsyncArgs}), the cached
3620 checksums can be occaisonally verified to make sure the file
3621 contents matches the cached checksums. This is to avoid the
3622 risk that disk problems might cause the pool file contents to
3623 get corrupted, but the cached checksums would make BackupPC
3624 think that the file still matches the client.
3626 This setting is the probability (0 means never and 1 means always)
3627 that a file will be rechecked. Setting it to 0 means the checksums
3628 will not be rechecked (unless there is a phase 0 failure). Setting
3629 it to 1 (ie: 100%) means all files will be checked, but that is
3630 not a desirable setting since you are better off simply turning
3631 caching off (ie: remove the --checksum-seed option).
3633 The default of 0.01 means 1% (on average) of the files during a full
3634 backup will have their cached checksum re-checked.
3636 This setting has no effect unless checksum caching is turned on.
3638 =item $Conf{RsyncArgs} = [ ... ];
3640 Arguments to rsync for backup. Do not edit the first set unless you
3641 have a thorough understanding of how File::RsyncP works.
3643 Examples of additional arguments that should work are --exclude/--include,
3644 eg:
3646 $Conf{RsyncArgs} = [
3647 # original arguments here
3648 '-v',
3649 '--exclude', '/proc',
3650 '--exclude', '*.tmp',
3651 ];
3653 =item $Conf{RsyncRestoreArgs} = [ ... ];
3655 Arguments to rsync for restore. Do not edit the first set unless you
3656 have a thorough understanding of how File::RsyncP works.
3658 If you want to disable direct restores using rsync (eg: is the module
3659 is read-only), you should set $Conf{RsyncRestoreArgs} to undef and
3660 the corresponding CGI restore option will be removed.
3662 =item $Conf{ArchiveDest} = '/tmp';
3664 Archive Destination
3666 The Destination of the archive
3667 e.g. /tmp for file archive or /dev/nst0 for device archive
3669 =item $Conf{ArchiveComp} = 'gzip';
3671 Archive Compression type
3673 The valid values are:
3675 - 'none': No Compression
3677 - 'gzip': Medium Compression. Recommended.
3679 - 'bzip2': High Compression but takes longer.
3681 =item $Conf{ArchivePar} = 0;
3683 Archive Parity Files
3685 The amount of Parity data to generate, as a percentage
3686 of the archive size.
3687 Uses the commandline par2 (par2cmdline) available from
3688 http://parchive.sourceforge.net
3690 Only useful for file dumps.
3692 Set to 0 to disable this feature.
3694 =item $Conf{ArchiveSplit} = 0;
3696 Archive Size Split
3698 Only for file archives. Splits the output into
3699 the specified size * 1,000,000.
3700 e.g. to split into 650,000,000 bytes, specify 650 below.
3702 If the value is 0, or if $Conf{ArchiveDest} is an existing file or
3703 device (e.g. a streaming tape drive), this feature is disabled.
3705 =item $Conf{ArchiveClientCmd} = '$Installdir/bin/BackupPC_archiveHost' ...
3707 Archive Command
3709 This is the command that is called to actually run the archive process
3710 for each host. The following variables are substituted at run-time:
3712 $Installdir The installation directory of BackupPC
3713 $tarCreatePath The path to BackupPC_tarCreate
3714 $splitpath The path to the split program
3715 $parpath The path to the par2 program
3716 $host The host to archive
3717 $backupnumber The backup number of the host to archive
3718 $compression The path to the compression program
3719 $compext The extension assigned to the compression type
3720 $splitsize The number of bytes to split archives into
3721 $archiveloc The location to put the archive
3722 $parfile The amount of parity data to create (percentage)
3724 =item $Conf{SshPath} = '/usr/bin/ssh';
3726 Full path for ssh. Security caution: normal users should not
3727 allowed to write to this file or directory.
3729 =item $Conf{NmbLookupPath} = '/usr/bin/nmblookup';
3731 Full path for nmblookup. Security caution: normal users should not
3732 allowed to write to this file or directory.
3734 nmblookup is from the Samba distribution. nmblookup is used to get the
3735 netbios name, necessary for DHCP hosts.
3737 =item $Conf{NmbLookupCmd} = '$nmbLookupPath -A $host';
3739 NmbLookup command. Given an IP address, does an nmblookup on that
3740 IP address. The following variables are substituted at run-time:
3742 $nmbLookupPath path to nmblookup ($Conf{NmbLookupPath})
3743 $host IP address
3745 This command is only used for DHCP hosts: given an IP address, this
3746 command should try to find its NetBios name.
3748 =item $Conf{NmbLookupFindHostCmd} = '$nmbLookupPath $host';
3750 NmbLookup command. Given a netbios name, finds that host by doing
3751 a NetBios lookup. Several variables are substituted at run-time:
3753 $nmbLookupPath path to nmblookup ($Conf{NmbLookupPath})
3754 $host NetBios name
3756 In some cases you might need to change the broadcast address, for
3757 example if nmblookup uses by default and you find
3758 that doesn't work, try (or your equivalent class C
3759 address) using the -B option:
3761 $Conf{NmbLookupFindHostCmd} = '$nmbLookupPath -B $host';
3763 If you use a WINS server and your machines don't respond to
3764 multicast NetBios requests you can use this (replace
3765 with the IP address of your WINS server):
3767 $Conf{NmbLookupFindHostCmd} = '$nmbLookupPath -R -U $host';
3769 This is preferred over multicast since it minimizes network traffic.
3771 Experiment manually for your site to see what form of nmblookup command
3772 works.
3774 =item $Conf{FixedIPNetBiosNameCheck} = 0;
3776 For fixed IP address hosts, BackupPC_dump can also verify the netbios
3777 name to ensure it matches the host name. An error is generated if
3778 they do not match. Typically this flag is off. But if you are going
3779 to transition a bunch of machines from fixed host addresses to DHCP,
3780 setting this flag is a great way to verify that the machines have
3781 their netbios name set correctly before turning on DCHP.
3783 =item $Conf{PingPath} = '/bin/ping';
3785 Full path to the ping command. Security caution: normal users
3786 should not be allowed to write to this file or directory.
3788 If you want to disable ping checking, set this to some program
3789 that exits with 0 status, eg:
3791 $Conf{PingPath} = '/bin/echo';
3793 =item $Conf{PingCmd} = '$pingPath -c 1 $host';
3795 Ping command. The following variables are substituted at run-time:
3797 $pingPath path to ping ($Conf{PingPath})
3798 $host host name
3800 Wade Brown reports that on solaris 2.6 and 2.7 ping -s returns the wrong
3801 exit status (0 even on failure). Replace with "ping $host 1", which
3802 gets the correct exit status but we don't get the round-trip time.
3804 =item $Conf{ServerInitdPath} = '';
3806 =item $Conf{ServerInitdStartCmd} = '';
3808 Path to init.d script and command to use that script to start the
3809 server from the CGI interface. The following variables are substituted
3810 at run-time:
3812 $sshPath path to ssh ($Conf{SshPath})
3813 $serverHost same as $Conf{ServerHost}
3814 $serverInitdPath path to init.d script ($Conf{ServerInitdPath})
3816 Example:
3819 $Conf{ServerInitdPath} = '/etc/init.d/backuppc';
3820 $Conf{ServerInitdStartCmd} = '$sshPath -q -x -l root $serverHost'
3821 . ' $serverInitdPath start'
3822 . ' < /dev/null >& /dev/null';
3824 =item $Conf{CompressLevel} = 0;
3826 Compression level to use on files. 0 means no compression. Compression
3827 levels can be from 1 (least cpu time, slightly worse compression) to
3828 9 (most cpu time, slightly better compression). The recommended value
3829 is 3. Changing to 5, for example, will take maybe 20% more cpu time
3830 and will get another 2-3% additional compression. See the zlib
3831 documentation for more information about compression levels.
3833 Changing compression on or off after backups have already been done
3834 will require both compressed and uncompressed pool files to be stored.
3835 This will increase the pool storage requirements, at least until all
3836 the old backups expire and are deleted.
3838 It is ok to change the compression value (from one non-zero value to
3839 another non-zero value) after dumps are already done. Since BackupPC
3840 matches pool files by comparing the uncompressed versions, it will still
3841 correctly match new incoming files against existing pool files. The
3842 new compression level will take effect only for new files that are
3843 newly compressed and added to the pool.
3845 If compression was off and you are enabling compression for the first
3846 time you can use the BackupPC_compressPool utility to compress the
3847 pool. This avoids having the pool grow to accommodate both compressed
3848 and uncompressed backups. See the documentation for more information.
3850 Note: compression needs the Compress::Zlib perl library. If the
3851 Compress::Zlib library can't be found then $Conf{CompressLevel} is
3852 forced to 0 (compression off).
3854 =item $Conf{PingMaxMsec} = 20;
3856 Maximum round-trip ping time in milliseconds. This threshold is set
3857 to avoid backing up PCs that are remotely connected through WAN or
3858 dialup connections. The output from ping -s (assuming it is supported
3859 on your system) is used to check the round-trip packet time. On your
3860 local LAN round-trip times should be much less than 20msec. On most
3861 WAN or dialup connections the round-trip time will be typically more
3862 than 20msec. Tune if necessary.
3864 =item $Conf{ClientTimeout} = 7200;
3866 Timeout in seconds when listening for the transport program's
3867 (smbclient, tar etc) stdout. If no output is received during this
3868 time, then it is assumed that something has wedged during a backup,
3869 and the backup is terminated.
3871 Note that stdout buffering combined with huge files being backed up
3872 could cause longish delays in the output from smbclient that
3873 BackupPC_dump sees, so in rare cases you might want to increase
3874 this value.
3876 Despite the name, this parameter sets the timeout for all transport
3877 methods (tar, smb etc).
3879 =item $Conf{MaxOldPerPCLogFiles} = 12;
3881 Maximum number of log files we keep around in each PC's directory
3882 (ie: pc/$host). These files are aged monthly. A setting of 12
3883 means there will be at most the files LOG, LOG.0, LOG.1, ... LOG.11
3884 in the pc/$host directory (ie: about a years worth). (Except this
3885 month's LOG, these files will have a .z extension if compression
3886 is on).
3888 If you decrease this number after BackupPC has been running for a
3889 while you will have to manually remove the older log files.
3891 =item $Conf{DumpPreUserCmd} = undef;
3893 =item $Conf{DumpPostUserCmd} = undef;
3895 =item $Conf{RestorePreUserCmd} = undef;
3897 =item $Conf{RestorePostUserCmd} = undef;
3899 =item $Conf{ArchivePreUserCmd} = undef;
3901 =item $Conf{ArchivePostUserCmd} = undef;
3903 Optional commands to run before and after dumps and restores.
3904 Stdout from these commands will be written to the Xfer (or Restore)
3905 log file. One example of using these commands would be to
3906 shut down and restart a database server, or to dump a database
3907 to files for backup. Example:
3910 $Conf{DumpPreUserCmd} = '$sshPath -q -x -l root $host /usr/bin/dumpMysql';
3912 The following variable substitutions are made at run time for
3913 $Conf{DumpPreUserCmd} and $Conf{DumpPostUserCmd}:
3915 $type type of dump (incr or full)
3916 $xferOK 1 if the dump succeeded, 0 if it didn't
3917 $client client name being backed up
3918 $host host name (could be different from client name if
3919 $Conf{ClientNameAlias} is set)
3920 $hostIP IP address of host
3921 $user user name from the hosts file
3922 $moreUsers list of additional users from the hosts file
3923 $share the first share name
3924 $shares list of all the share names
3925 $XferMethod value of $Conf{XferMethod} (eg: tar, rsync, smb)
3926 $sshPath value of $Conf{SshPath},
3927 $cmdType set to DumpPreUserCmd or DumpPostUserCmd
3929 The following variable substitutions are made at run time for
3930 $Conf{RestorePreUserCmd} and $Conf{RestorePostUserCmd}:
3932 $client client name being backed up
3933 $xferOK 1 if the restore succeeded, 0 if it didn't
3934 $host host name (could be different from client name if
3935 $Conf{ClientNameAlias} is set)
3936 $hostIP IP address of host
3937 $user user name from the hosts file
3938 $moreUsers list of additional users from the hosts file
3939 $share the first share name
3940 $XferMethod value of $Conf{XferMethod} (eg: tar, rsync, smb)
3941 $sshPath value of $Conf{SshPath},
3942 $type set to "restore"
3943 $bkupSrcHost host name of the restore source
3944 $bkupSrcShare share name of the restore source
3945 $bkupSrcNum backup number of the restore source
3946 $pathHdrSrc common starting path of restore source
3947 $pathHdrDest common starting path of destination
3948 $fileList list of files being restored
3949 $cmdType set to RestorePreUserCmd or RestorePostUserCmd
3951 The following variable substitutions are made at run time for
3952 $Conf{ArchivePreUserCmd} and $Conf{ArchivePostUserCmd}:
3954 $client client name being backed up
3955 $xferOK 1 if the archive succeeded, 0 if it didn't
3956 $host Name of the archive host
3957 $user user name from the hosts file
3958 $share the first share name
3959 $XferMethod value of $Conf{XferMethod} (eg: tar, rsync, smb)
3960 $HostList list of hosts being archived
3961 $BackupList list of backup numbers for the hosts being archived
3962 $archiveloc location where the archive is sent to
3963 $parfile amount of parity data being generated (percentage)
3964 $compression compression program being used (eg: cat, gzip, bzip2)
3965 $compext extension used for compression type (eg: raw, gz, bz2)
3966 $splitsize size of the files that the archive creates
3967 $sshPath value of $Conf{SshPath},
3968 $type set to "archive"
3969 $cmdType set to ArchivePreUserCmd or ArchivePostUserCmd
3971 =item $Conf{ClientNameAlias} = undef;
3973 Override the client's host name. This allows multiple clients
3974 to all refer to the same physical host. This should only be
3975 set in the per-PC config file and is only used by BackupPC at
3976 the last moment prior to generating the command used to backup
3977 that machine (ie: the value of $Conf{ClientNameAlias} is invisible
3978 everywhere else in BackupPC). The setting can be a host name or
3979 IP address, eg:
3981 $Conf{ClientNameAlias} = 'realHostName';
3982 $Conf{ClientNameAlias} = '';
3984 will cause the relevant smb/tar/rsync backup/restore commands to be
3985 directed to realHostName, not the client name.
3987 Note: this setting doesn't work for hosts with DHCP set to 1.
3989 =item $Conf{PerlModuleLoad} = undef;
3991 Advanced option for asking BackupPC to load additional perl modules.
3992 Can be a list (array ref) of module names to load at startup.
3994 =back
3996 =head2 Email reminders, status and messages
3998 =over 4
4000 =item $Conf{SendmailPath} = '/usr/sbin/sendmail';
4002 Full path to the sendmail command. Security caution: normal users
4003 should not allowed to write to this file or directory.
4005 =item $Conf{EMailNotifyMinDays} = 2.5;
4007 Minimum period between consecutive emails to a single user.
4008 This tries to keep annoying email to users to a reasonable
4009 level. Email checks are done nightly, so this number is effectively
4010 rounded up (ie: 2.5 means a user will never receive email more
4011 than once every 3 days).
4013 =item $Conf{EMailFromUserName} = '';
4015 Name to use as the "from" name for email. Depending upon your mail
4016 handler this is either a plain name (eg: "admin") or a fully-qualified
4017 name (eg: "admin@mydomain.com").
4019 =item $Conf{EMailAdminUserName} = '';
4021 Destination address to an administrative user who will receive a
4022 nightly email with warnings and errors. If there are no warnings
4023 or errors then no email will be sent. Depending upon your mail
4024 handler this is either a plain name (eg: "admin") or a fully-qualified
4025 name (eg: "admin@mydomain.com").
4027 =item $Conf{EMailUserDestDomain} = '';
4029 Destination domain name for email sent to users. By default
4030 this is empty, meaning email is sent to plain, unqualified
4031 addresses. Otherwise, set it to the destintation domain, eg:
4033 $Cong{EMailUserDestDomain} = '@mydomain.com';
4035 With this setting user email will be set to 'user@mydomain.com'.
4037 =item $Conf{EMailNoBackupEverSubj} = undef;
4039 =item $Conf{EMailNoBackupEverMesg} = undef;
4041 This subject and message is sent to a user if their PC has never been
4042 backed up.
4044 These values are language-dependent. The default versions can be
4045 found in the language file (eg: lib/BackupPC/Lang/en.pm). If you
4046 need to change the message, copy it here and edit it, eg:
4048 $Conf{EMailNoBackupEverMesg} = <<'EOF';
4049 To: $user$domain
4050 cc:
4051 Subject: $subj
4053 Dear $userName,
4055 This is a site-specific email message.
4056 EOF
4058 =item $Conf{EMailNotifyOldBackupDays} = 7.0;
4060 How old the most recent backup has to be before notifying user.
4061 When there have been no backups in this number of days the user
4062 is sent an email.
4064 =item $Conf{EMailNoBackupRecentSubj} = undef;
4066 =item $Conf{EMailNoBackupRecentMesg} = undef;
4068 This subject and message is sent to a user if their PC has not recently
4069 been backed up (ie: more than $Conf{EMailNotifyOldBackupDays} days ago).
4071 These values are language-dependent. The default versions can be
4072 found in the language file (eg: lib/BackupPC/Lang/en.pm). If you
4073 need to change the message, copy it here and edit it, eg:
4075 $Conf{EMailNoBackupRecentMesg} = <<'EOF';
4076 To: $user$domain
4077 cc:
4078 Subject: $subj
4080 Dear $userName,
4082 This is a site-specific email message.
4083 EOF
4085 =item $Conf{EMailNotifyOldOutlookDays} = 5.0;
4087 How old the most recent backup of Outlook files has to be before
4088 notifying user.
4090 =item $Conf{EMailOutlookBackupSubj} = undef;
4092 =item $Conf{EMailOutlookBackupMesg} = undef;
4094 This subject and message is sent to a user if their Outlook files have
4095 not recently been backed up (ie: more than $Conf{EMailNotifyOldOutlookDays}
4096 days ago).
4098 These values are language-dependent. The default versions can be
4099 found in the language file (eg: lib/BackupPC/Lang/en.pm). If you
4100 need to change the message, copy it here and edit it, eg:
4102 $Conf{EMailOutlookBackupMesg} = <<'EOF';
4103 To: $user$domain
4104 cc:
4105 Subject: $subj
4107 Dear $userName,
4109 This is a site-specific email message.
4110 EOF
4112 =back
4114 =head2 CGI user interface configuration settings
4116 =over 4
4118 =item $Conf{CgiAdminUserGroup} = '';
4120 =item $Conf{CgiAdminUsers} = '';
4122 Normal users can only access information specific to their host.
4123 They can start/stop/browse/restore backups.
4125 Administrative users have full access to all hosts, plus overall
4126 status and log information.
4128 The administrative users are the union of the unix/linux group
4129 $Conf{CgiAdminUserGroup} and the manual list of users, separated
4130 by spaces, in $Conf{CgiAdminUsers}. If you don't want a group or
4131 manual list of users set the corresponding configuration setting
4132 to undef or an empty string.
4134 If you want every user to have admin privileges (careful!), set
4135 $Conf{CgiAdminUsers} = '*'.
4137 Examples:
4139 $Conf{CgiAdminUserGroup} = 'admin';
4140 $Conf{CgiAdminUsers} = 'craig celia';
4141 --> administrative users are the union of group admin, plus
4142 craig and celia.
4144 $Conf{CgiAdminUserGroup} = '';
4145 $Conf{CgiAdminUsers} = 'craig celia';
4146 --> administrative users are only craig and celia'.
4148 =item $Conf{CgiURL} = undef;
4150 URL of the BackupPC_Admin CGI script. Used for email messages.
4152 =item $Conf{Language} = 'en';
4154 Language to use. See lib/BackupPC/Lang for the list of supported
4155 languages, which include English (en), French (fr), Spanish (es),
4156 German (de), Italian (it) and Dutch (nl).
4158 Currently the Language setting applies to the CGI interface and email
4159 messages sent to users. Log files and other text are still in English.
4161 =item $Conf{CgiUserHomePageCheck} = '';
4163 =item $Conf{CgiUserUrlCreate} = 'mailto:%s';
4165 User names that are rendered by the CGI interface can be turned
4166 into links into their home page or other information about the
4167 user. To set this up you need to create two sprintf() strings,
4168 that each contain a single '%s' that will be replaced by the user
4169 name. The default is a mailto: link.
4171 $Conf{CgiUserHomePageCheck} should be an absolute file path that
4172 is used to check (via "-f") that the user has a valid home page.
4173 Set this to undef or an empty string to turn off this check.
4175 $Conf{CgiUserUrlCreate} should be a full URL that points to the
4176 user's home page. Set this to undef or an empty string to turn
4177 off generation of URLs for user names.
4179 Example:
4181 $Conf{CgiUserHomePageCheck} = '/var/www/html/users/%s.html';
4182 $Conf{CgiUserUrlCreate} = 'http://myhost/users/%s.html';
4183 --> if /var/www/html/users/craig.html exists, then 'craig' will
4184 be rendered as a link to http://myhost/users/craig.html.
4186 =item $Conf{CgiDateFormatMMDD} = 1;
4188 Date display format for CGI interface. True for US-style dates (MM/DD)
4189 and zero for international dates (DD/MM).
4191 =item $Conf{CgiNavBarAdminAllHosts} = 1;
4193 If set, the complete list of hosts appears in the left navigation
4194 bar pull-down for administrators. Otherwise, just the hosts for which
4195 the user is listed in the host file (as either the user or in moreUsers)
4196 are displayed.
4198 =item $Conf{CgiSearchBoxEnable} = 1;
4200 Enable/disable the search box in the navigation bar.
4202 =item $Conf{CgiNavBarLinks} = [ ... ];
4204 Additional navigation bar links. These appear for both regular users
4205 and administrators. This is a list of hashes giving the link (URL)
4206 and the text (name) for the link. Specifying lname instead of name
4207 uses the language specific string (ie: $Lang->{lname}) instead of
4208 just literally displaying name.
4210 =item $Conf{CgiStatusHilightColor} = { ...
4212 Hilight colors based on status that are used in the PC summary page.
4214 =item $Conf{CgiHeaders} = '<meta http-equiv="pragma" content="no-cache">';
4216 Additional CGI header text.
4218 =item $Conf{CgiImageDir} = '';
4220 Directory where images are stored. This directory should be below
4221 Apache's DocumentRoot. This value isn't used by BackupPC but is
4222 used by configure.pl when you upgrade BackupPC.
4224 Example:
4226 $Conf{CgiImageDir} = '/usr/local/apache/htdocs/BackupPC';
4228 =item $Conf{CgiExt2ContentType} = { };
4230 Additional mappings of file name extenions to Content-Type for
4231 individual file restore. See $Ext2ContentType in BackupPC_Admin
4232 for the default setting. You can add additional settings here,
4233 or override any default settings. Example:
4236 $Conf{CgiExt2ContentType} = {
4237 'pl' => 'text/plain',
4238 };
4240 =item $Conf{CgiImageDirURL} = '';
4242 URL (without the leading http://host) for BackupPC's image directory.
4243 The CGI script uses this value to serve up image files.
4245 Example:
4247 $Conf{CgiImageDirURL} = '/BackupPC';
4249 =item $Conf{CgiCSSFile} = 'BackupPC_stnd.css';
4251 CSS stylesheet for the CGI interface. It is stored in the
4252 $Conf{CgiImageDir} directory and accessed via the
4253 $Conf{CgiImageDirURL} URL.
4255 =back
4258 =head1 Version Numbers
4260 Starting with v1.4.0 BackupPC uses a X.Y.Z version numbering system,
4261 instead of X.0Y. The first digit is for major new releases, the middle
4262 digit is for significant feature releases and improvements (most of
4263 the releases have been in this category), and the last digit is for
4264 bug fixes. You should think of the old 1.00, 1.01, 1.02 and 1.03 as
4265 1..0, 1.1.0, 1.2.0 and 1.3.0.
4267 Additionally, patches might be made available. A patched version
4268 number is of the form X.Y.ZplN (eg: 2.1.0pl2), where N is the
4269 patch level.
4271 =head1 Author
4273 Craig Barratt <cbarratt@users.sourceforge.net>
4275 See L<http://backuppc.sourceforge.net>.
4277 =head1 Copyright
4279 Copyright (C) 2001-2004 Craig Barratt
4281 =head1 Credits
4283 Ryan Kucera contributed the directory navigation code and images
4284 for v1.5.0. He contributed the first skeleton of BackupPC_restore.
4285 He also added a significant revision to the CGI interface, including
4286 CSS tags, in v2.1.0, and designed the BackupPC logo.
4288 Xavier Nicollet, with additions from Guillaume Filion, added the
4289 internationalization (i18n) support to the CGI interface for v2.0.0.
4290 Xavier provided the French translation fr.pm, with additions from
4291 Guillaume.
4293 Guillaume Filion wrote BackupPC_zipCreate and added the CGI support
4294 for zip download, in addition to some CGI cleanup, for v1.5.0.
4295 Guillaume continues to support fr.pm updates for each new version.
4297 Josh Marshall implemented the Archive feature in v2.1.0.
4299 Ludovic Drolez supports the BackupPC Debian package.
4301 Javier Gonzalez provided the Spanish translation, es.pm for v2.0.0.
4303 Manfred Herrmann provided the German translation, de.pm for v2.0.0.
4304 Manfred continues to support de.pm updates for each new version,
4305 together with some help frmo Ralph PaƟgang.
4307 Lorenzo Cappelletti provided the Italian translation, it.pm for v2.1.0.
4309 Lieven Bridts provided the Dutch translation, nl.pm, for v2.1.0,
4310 with some tweaks from Guus Houtzager.
4312 Many people have reported bugs, made useful suggestions and helped
4313 with testing; see the ChangeLog and the mail lists.
4315 Your name could appear here in the next version!
4317 =head1 License
4319 This program is free software; you can redistribute it and/or modify it
4320 under the terms of the GNU General Public License as published by the
4321 Free Software Foundation; either version 2 of the License, or (at your
4322 option) any later version.
4324 This program is distributed in the hope that it will be useful,
4325 but WITHOUT ANY WARRANTY; without even the implied warranty of
4327 General Public License for more details.
4329 You should have received a copy of the GNU General Public License in the
4330 LICENSE file along with this program; if not, write to the Free Software
4331 Foundation, Inc., 59 Temple Place, Suite 330, Boston, MA 02111-1307 USA.

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