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February 20, 2019

Restic

Intro I’ve been using the restic backup system for a bit over a year now. It seems to be working well, was easy to configure, and is speedy. It’s got the cryptos (client-side!), deduplication, snapshotting, and supports bacically all the cloud backends. I haven’t had any disasters to recover from yet, so the recovery system isn’t battle-tested from my perspective, but for one-off file recoveries, it’s worked well. Just like other common utilities, like rsync, it’s easy to configure a backup destination, called a “repository” in restic-speak, to help facilitate learning and debugging usage before committing uplink bandwidth and storage costs. ... Read more

February 18, 2017

Time Machine Backups to a Linux Server

There are many writeups on how to backup a Mac using Time Machine to a Linux server. These are my notes. First, create a user on the Linux system to which the Mac will login: $ sudo useradd -m macbook $ sudo passwd macbook Next, install the necessary servers and libraries. Most sites I looked at showed downloading and source code for netatalk specifically to compile in encryption support (which may have be required by OSX). ... Read more