[Box Backup] Box Backup on Rails
boxbackup at fluffy.co.uk
Tue Feb 27 09:15:54 GMT 2007
> Good stuff!
> I'm especially interested in your use of the protocol file to
> generate a Ruby driver. That sounds like something which might be
> useful elsewhere.
Ok, that is 373 lines of Ruby code... :)
> A couple of thoughts.
> 1) Pages which require communication with the server take a lot
> longer to appear than other pages. Are you logging in to the server
> each time? If so, look into DRb. You might find you can do connection
> pooling across multiple Ruby server instances with no code changes,
> apart from the initial acquisition of the connection object.
Currently, yes. I have actually started looking at DRb, but not
had the time to figure it out, yet. But it is definitely the way to go.
> 2) Would it be possible to create a 'local' version? Freeze the gems
> into the rails app so you only depend on Ruby, fudge the data model
> to not require a database (fixtures?), and then you might be able to
> offer something which you download, unpack and run, and it uses the
> files in /etc/box/bbackupd to connect to the local machine's backup
> account. This one could just run as a single Rails process, so you
> wouldn't need to bother with DRb to keep the connection open; there's
> only one Rails thread.
That should not be too difficult. It could even be some kind of
"default" mode if a database connection is not available. Will
think about it a bit... :)
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