[Box Backup] Boxbackup Installation Procedures for Fedora Core 2 & Windows Clients

Ben Summers boxbackup@fluffy.co.uk
Sun, 7 Nov 2004 11:16:46 +0000

On 6 Nov 2004, at 15:42, Martin Ebourne wrote:

> On Sat, 2004-11-06 at 15:03, ken wrote:
>> Here is an installation procedure for boxbackup on Fedora Core 2 and 
>> for
>> Windows Clients using the new Windows client.
>> http://mybizguard.com/linux/backups/boxbackup.txt
>> Hope it helps some and gets more people using boxbackup.
> If Ben could update the 0.08 tarball with the last RPM patch then the
> adduser would be unnecessary too.

I have updated it in my sources, and it will appear when I next do a 
release. I have some minor changes and fixes, so will do a PLUS1 
version just before I start integrating the Win32 native port, and 
modifying it to do multiple streams for Mac OS X fork and Win32 

> In your example you appear to be backing up the home directories back 
> to
> the home partition again - probably not the best thing to do! Probably
> under /mnt or /srv would be the best places to put the backup
> destination.

To be fair, he does use an ExcludeDir directive to avoid this problem.

> Looking good though. Probably less intimidating than Ben's fully
> comprehensive documentation. :)

Yeah, I know I need to revisit this. :-)

A couple of things which I noticed.

1) Modifying the openssl.cnf file is not necessary.

2) You are incorrect about the necessity to protect the CA to be able 
to restore data. You only need to protect it to ensure all clients and 
servers are authenticated properly.

If you did lose it, you could replace all the certificates on the 
server and clients, and still be able to use your existing data. If you 
lose a client or server cert, you can just sign a new one. It's only 
the keys file on the client (X-FileEncKeys.raw) which you need to look 
after carefully, because that is not replaceable.

Thanks for posting your instructions!