[Box Backup] Continuous backup only when idle

Chris Wilson chris at qwirx.com
Fri May 6 21:48:05 BST 2011

Hi Yang,

On Fri, 6 May 2011, Yang Zhang wrote:

>>> Yes, I have had the same problem.  It appears to me that Box Backup
>>> fills my meager outbound DSL bandwidth, which apparently interferes
>>> with my inbound bandwidth, making our systems run slow.
>> Yang Zhang, is it your Internet connection that is slowing down, or the host
>> running bbackupd?
> It's the host load, though I can imagine that being a problem as well
> for those on slower upstream connections (as in Peter's case).

In that case, please do consider setting MaxUploadRate as well or instead.

>> 2. Reducing MaximumDiffingTime to reduce the amount of time that 
>> bbackupd spends performing heavy disk I/O;
> Does this mean that boxbackup won't be able to diff/backup large files 
> (even when I'm not using my computer)?

Yes, it would mean that.

>> 3. Using a SyncAllowScript to prevent backups from starting during your 
>> peak hours.
> This sounds promising - any ideas on how to whip up a script that 
> detects whether I'm actively using my computer (either via X or ssh)?

If you use gnome-screensaver, here's a quick SyncAllowScript:

if gnome-screensaver-command -q | grep -q 'The screensaver is active'; 
 	echo "now"
 	echo 3600

Cheers, Chris.
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