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ssbackup-batch - a tool for calling ssbackup
This manual page explains the ssbackup-batch tool. This tool
is a frontend to ssbackup(8), an implementation of the snapshot-style-backup
method that is described in http://www.mikerubel.org/computers/rsync_snapshots/.
config-file is a configuration file that contains rules for making backups
Typically config-files (and exclude-files) are put into /etc/ssbackup/.
and ssbackup-batch is executed daily by a crontab-entry like:
12 4 * * * /usr/sbin/ssbackup-batch /etc/ssbackup/config
or by a script in /etc/cron.daily/ like:
which also works with anacron.
A config file describes one or more recipes for backups. To
understand the nomenclature please see ssbackup(8).
- shows the version-number of
ssbackup-batch and exits
- -h, --help
- shows a short help explaining the options
- -v --print-plan
- Print only a plan what would have been done, but do nothing
- -o, --check-only
- pass the --check-only flag to ssbackup. (please there
Lines starting with
# are comments and have no effect as do empty lines.
lines starting with
specifiy these values globaly. They have effect for
all following recipes.
a backup-recipe consists of a line starting with backup
name followed by indented lines. All indented lines belong to this recipe
only and have no global effect. name is the name of the backups. Indented
lines can be:
- source =
- specifies the source to back-up. There must be
a source in a recipe
- basedir =
- specifies the basedir, where the backups
go. If given in a recipe as indented line it overwrites a global basedir
- count =
- specifies the count (number of versions). If given
in a recipe as indented line it overwrites a global count temporarily.
- specifies the exclude-file for rsync.
In a recipe everey kind of indented
line can occur one time. If a indented line is given more than once the
last one wins. It is not possible to give p.e. several exclude-files.
for a config-file.
basedir = /backup
count = 24
# Home Directory
source = nfs://milkyway:/export/home/1
exclude = /etc/ssbackup/home.exclude
source = nfs://milkyway:/export/var/mail
source = file:///scratch/project-data
basedir = /data-backup
count = 12
ssbackup can easily destroy valuable data if called with wrong
parameters, especially if called as root. So think twice bevor calling it,
especially if you do it automatically via ssbackup-batch.
probably bugs in ssbackup-batch It has not been testet widely and is in
a ‘works for me’-state. It is provided ‘as is’ and there is no warranty for this
This program is free software; you can redistribute it
and/or modify it under the terms of the GNU General Public License as published
by the Free Software Foundation; either version 2 of the License, or (at
your option) any later version.
This program is distributed in the hope
that it will be useful, but WITHOUT ANY WARRANTY; without even the implied
warranty of MERCHANTABILITY or FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE. See
the GNU General Public License for more details.
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M G Berberich <firstname.lastname@example.org>
anacron(8), cron(8), crontab(1), python(1), ssbackup(8)
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