problems with ftplicity (backupscript)

Discussion in 'Server Operation' started by Ovidiu, Aug 15, 2006.

  1. Ovidiu

    Ovidiu Active Member

    hello there,

    I am using ftplicity accordingly to an article in a german newsmagazine to do my backup. It works fine except for one thing I do not understand. Its all about the first line of my report file:


    can anyone help with this? google yields no results for this :-(
     
  2. falko

    falko Super Moderator ISPConfig Developer

    What's the output of
    Code:
    ls -l /var/lib/named/dev/log
    ?
    What's the output of
    Code:
    ls -l /dev/log
    ?
     
  3. Ovidiu

    Ovidiu Active Member

    here are both answers

     
  4. falko

    falko Super Moderator ISPConfig Developer

    Ah, now I understand. You try to back up /var/lib/named...
    /var/lib/named/dev/log isn't a regular file, so this cannot be backed up. I think that's why ftplicity is complaining. If ftplicity is working (apart from this error), I'd ignore it.
     
  5. Ovidiu

    Ovidiu Active Member

    ahh. thx.

    here is my exclude list:

    does that look ok? the only thing I am not sure about is if I should not include /var/spool into the backup, but it was complaining there too.
    I will add /var/lib/named into the exclude list or should I exclude the whole /var/lib directory?
     
  6. falko

    falko Super Moderator ISPConfig Developer

    I'd just add /var/lib/named/dev.
    If you use mbox and want to back up your mailboxes, it's possible that the mailboxes are in /var/mail (with /var/spool/mail being a symlink to /var/mail), so they should be backed up. :)
     
  7. Ovidiu

    Ovidiu Active Member

    thx, I use maildir so mails are in /var/www/webxx/Maildir or /var/webxx/user/Maildir
     
  8. falko

    falko Super Moderator ISPConfig Developer

    Then everything's fine. :)
     
  9. Ovidiu

    Ovidiu Active Member

    one more question,

    ftplicity states that it can execute certain commands before backing up and says as an example I could dump all databases before backing up....

    in another thread here: http://www.howtoforge.com/forums/showthread.php?t=6237 I asked if I can modify the backup script of ispcfg to only backup dbs so that I would not have to modify ftplicity anymore, or what would be the easieast way to also backup databases using this combination of tools?
     
  10. falko

    falko Super Moderator ISPConfig Developer

    That depends totally on you. ;) Personally, I think I'd try to use the ftplicity way.
     
  11. Ovidiu

    Ovidiu Active Member

    wel, the ftplicity way means I would have to write my own sql dump script that dumps the table inside the webdirectory and after ftplicity has done its backup I can delete that backupfile with another script executed after the backup, sounds good but I would have to know more about scripting so that ftplictity woudl execute those scripts for all db's.... I'll give this thing a try
     
  12. falko

    falko Super Moderator ISPConfig Developer

  13. Ovidiu

    Ovidiu Active Member

    thx a lot I was not aware I was already backing up the mysql DBs because I do a almost complete file based backup..
     
  14. Ovidiu

    Ovidiu Active Member

    well,,

    now I ran into new problems:

    these errors are reported during a ftplicity backup. I guess they are related to me trying to get cronjobs running, see this post: http://www.howtoforge.com/forums/showpost.php?p=38604&postcount=10


    But still I do not udnerstand why its looking for /var/www/web1/var/spool, what I did was copy the var/spool and var/spool/cron to the users profile, didn't I?


    ###edit###
    problem solved: I was copying everything inside /var/spool instead of only copying the content of /var/spool/cron
     
    Last edited: Aug 29, 2006
  15. Ovidiu

    Ovidiu Active Member

    Concerning my above statement I am just curious if there is a big difference between backing up all files of a certain DB and backing up a dump of it.

    I mean if a client wants to restore some settings inside a DB, he might open a dump and only import certain parts of it whereas if I just give him all the files his DB consists of he might not be that happy?

    so would you suggest I stop backing up the files of the DBs and start backing up dumps?
     
  16. falko

    falko Super Moderator ISPConfig Developer

    I'd say dumps are more compatible, i.e. you can use a dump from a 3.23 MySQL database and import it into a MySQL 5 database. This could make problems if you use the database files (although i haven't tried yet).
     

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