[Box Backup] BoxBackup Reporting

Kenny Millington boxbackup@fluffy.co.uk
Mon, 29 Oct 2007 14:59:03 +0000


I'm new to the list so first of all I'd like to say Hi to everyone. :-)

I've written a (python) script based on the perl script Matt Brown
posted to the list sometime ago for producing (e-mail) reports from
BoxBackup logs.

Alot of credit for this work goes to Matt for both the original idea and
for providing a reasonable amount of testing of this script.

The script (bbreporter.py) is being released under the GNU GPL v3 (or
above) and is available from the following link:-


It's been tested on both Debian Sarge and Ubuntu Dapper. I don't believe
it requires any python libraries not included by default.

To use this script you need to make use of the BoxBackup config option
"LogAllFileAccess = yes" and run the daemon with the -v command line

Running "bbreporter.py --help" should get you started (once you have log
files to parse).

The script is reasonably well commented where necessary so it shouldn't
be too difficult to see how things work. (Infact I think I waffle on a
bit too much about log rotation in the comments but I decided to leave
it in. :-))

As far as log rotation goes... I didn't go for any of the options in the
script comments, I elected to do the local6.* -/var/log/box syslog rule
and add a local6.none to the /var/log/syslog line so that the boxbackup
log messages don't clutter the syslog (especially now LogAllFileAccess
is on).

Right that's it, I hope it works for everyone and people find it useful.
Patches are ofcourse welcome.

If anyone has any questions I'll certainly do my best to answer them.

Kenny Millington
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