Geek challenge: Backup this thing!
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Here’s the scenario:
- A Linux+Samba server with 40GB of data.
- A SMB-only small storage server.
Your mission? Backup the thing. You should do full backups, and keep the last three.
In another age, I would have cobbled a 10-line script using tar (and split, see below) and be done with it. But now I want to use backup software.
So, I tried, and I ran into the following limitations:
- 2GB filesize limit on the storage server. Have no idea why, assume can’t fix it.
- Weird unicode characters in filenames. There must be some encoding issue, but when a Windows client saves a file with accented characters, the clients see it all right. On the server, though, they are weird-looking. This is enough to make mc unable to delete some folders, for example.
So far I have tried:
- rdiff-backup: breaks with the unicode chars.
- flexbackup: breaks with filesize limit
- rsync: breaks with the unicode chars
- synbax: using rsync backend, see above. Using tar backend, breaks with filesize limit.
Here’s what I want:
A simple backup software, where I can tell it “take this, back it there, keep last three backups, do it in files smaller than 2GB, give me a report”.
Bonus points if restoring it is doable from windows.