[Box Backup] Using multiple servers
boxbackup at fluffy.co.uk
Fri Jan 13 08:35:22 GMT 2006
On 12 Jan 2006, at 23:29, Maarten Bremer wrote:
> It was a bit hard to install, the package on SourceForge doesn't
> compile on FC4 (see the bug report there). I have checked out the
> latest trunk, and that one did compile.
0.09 doesn't detect the options gcc 4 requires.
> I think there is a small error in the default configuration file,
> it says the files should be in /etc/box/bbstored but they are in
> fact in subdirectories (ca/servers and ca/roots). It did cost me
> some time to figure that out.
There is no error, the generated configuration files are correct, and
will work if you follow the instructions that the configuration
The ca/ directory is your certificate authority. As the instructions
state, it should live on a different machine. If you keep your CA in /
etc/box/bbstored, then anyone breaking into your server can generate
certificates to pretend to be a server or client in your system.
(They cannot, of course, read the encrypted data without breaking
into the client machine and retrieving the keys -- data is protected
by keys not certificates.)
This separation of CA and config is deliberate. I am sorry it caused
you confusion. The certificates do make setting things up a bit more
difficult, but they are there for a reason to give strong
authentication of both clients and servers.
Proposed changes to the documentation to make this clearer would be
> The command 'bbackupctl sync' reported: "Using configuration file /
> but remained silent after that. No idea if that is suppose to
> happen, but the sync started anyhow after some time. It is in any
> case not clear to the end-user what is going on.
You should see a summary of the server configuration, and a
> I would like to backup my Windows workstation to my server at home
> too. I am however unable to compile it. Could someone provide me
> with an already compiled version for Windows? That would be great.
Trunk or 0.09?
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