----- Original Message -----
Sent: Monday, March 03, 2008 11:54
Subject: Re: [Duplicity-talk] Newbie
AJ Weber wrote:
> 1) Do I assume that duplicity will keep all
files, regardless of "age",
> unless I periodically clean-them-up with
the "remove-older-than" option?
Yes, use the 'remove-older-than' option with the 'cleanup' command.
> 2) WRT backup strategy then, if I choose to create a new
> every couple of weeks, I understand that I then
> "remove-all-but-n-full" to remove old full backup-sets AND any
> incrementals that were based upon them, right?
Correct, old incrementals would be deleted as well.
> 3) Is there any way to make the initial d/l of the signatures
> more efficient? If I use archive-dir, and keep a copy of
> locally, will this eliminate that initial requirement to
> signatures from the target server (and make the process more
If you use the archive-dir option, it will be more efficient, yes.
> 4) A "Newbie Guide to Backup and Restore with Duplicity" would be
> to avoid pitfalls. I think I need to understand what is
required on the
> SOURCE-side to restore, should I lose the local server
> duplicity utility. For example, what keys and
passphrases need to be
> backed-up so I could image a minimal linux host
in an emergency and
> recover the data from the target host?
You've started a good list for a Newbie FAQ. Maybe someone
volunteer to help get one put together (Hint!, Hint!). The old
way out of date.
The keys and passphrases you need to access the remote site and
backups should be backed up somewhere safe, but not on the source or
target systems. A thumb drive comes to mind for this kind of
> Thanks again for all the hard work. It looks like it's
shaping-up to be
> a great, great utility!
Thanks for expressing your appreciation... it helps.