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Output logs, directory organization

Posted by Anonymous 
Output logs, directory organization
June 17, 2005 08:02PM
Hi Joe,

Wow, sorry it's taken this long to respond. I just began a new job, and
it's been very hectic around here!

I will try to respond to your questions below:

Joe Krahn wrote:
[quote]IMHO, it would be nice if:

1) The output of rsync was sent to a log file.
[/quote]
I agree completely. The issue here is that rsync is being invoked by the
system() command in Perl. In order to make this a reality, rsnapshot
probably needs to fork off the rsync process, read STDOUT from rsync
into a buffer, and relay it to the real STDOUT and optionally the log
file. So far, I haven't had time to get around to this. Want to help? :)

The other benefit of forking rsync as a seperate process is that it
enables the way for parallel backups (with a configurable number going
at once), another feature I'd love to have in rsnapshot.

[quote]2) I would prefer an organization of BACKUP_DIR/hostname/daily.0 instead
of BACKUP_DIR/daily.0/hostname (not as important)
[/quote]
People seem divided on this issue. I definitely see where you're coming
from. If people overwhelmingly prefer this, we could see about changing
this in a future major release.

[quote]
3) It seem that requiring tab-delimiters in the config file is an
unnecessary complication, partly because mandatory tabs is not the norm
for config files.
[/quote]
I agree here also. This has been discussed before on the list. The
reason it is this way is to easily support a wide variety of filenames
without quoting issues (like backing up "windows_share/Some Goofy"
file"). I would like to remove the tab requirement, but don't want to
add non-standard Perl modules (to avoid complicating the install, which
is very easy right now), and want to handle as many filenames as
possible. Any suggestions?

[quote]4) The config file automatically copies the root path name in the
destination path. The documentation should make it clear that in the
case of a root directory, this does not work, and you have to add a
subdirectory name. Alternatively, rsnapshot could append a name in this
case, such as "root/".
[/quote]
Can you give a specific example of this? I think I understand, but don't
want to guess incorrectly.

[quote]Should I just go ahead and tweak rsnapshot, and send in suggestions as
patches?
[/quote]
Patches are _always_ welcome :) It's good to get a description of the
proposed change first and maybe some discussion on the list first,
especially if it's a change that has far reaching implications.

Thanks again!
-Nathan

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