[Box Backup] Backup with far more space used than source

Ben Summers boxbackup@fluffy.co.uk
Fri, 2 Sep 2005 08:36:57 +0100

On 1 Sep 2005, at 22:56, Kristopher Zentner wrote:

> I set up box backup not to long ago with the intention of  
> connecting 3 servers
> to it. It's backing everything up to a single USB drive (so no  
> RAID) One client
> running FreeBSD has a bunch of config files and only takes up 7  
> gigs, the other
> client is my media server running Ubuntu.
> My media server backup that has all my cds (which are mostly aac/ 
> mp3) and
> movies, etc is what's puzzling me:
> Here's the FreeBSD server's backup stats via du:
> (#:/backups/backup)- du -h -d 0 00000002
> 242G    00000002
> However here is the Ubuntu client's drive stats:
> Filesystem            Size  Used Avail Use% Mounted on
> /dev/hda1             185G  142G   44G  77% /
> Granted I'm not backing up the entire drive, only about 135G worth  
> and this is
> afer only one snapshot session, but even then the backup shouldn't  
> be that big
> should it? I'm using v0.09 on both client and server.

It depends, because old versions of files are kept until the soft  
limit on the account is exceeded. You haven't given sufficient  
information for any meaningful answer.

* How often do the files change on the clients?

* What are the individual limits and usage for the two accounts? (use  
bbstoreaccounts to get this)

For example, if files on the 7G client changed daily and you had a  
100G limit on the corresponding server account, your server could be  
acting as expected.