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Re: [rdiff-backup-users] confirmation of Backup by rdiffbackup

From: Patrick Nagel
Subject: Re: [rdiff-backup-users] confirmation of Backup by rdiffbackup
Date: Mon, 19 Dec 2011 08:34:32 +0800
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additionally to getting the log by e-mail, make sure to also get notified if 
the backup did *not run at all*. To illustrate what I mean, let me tell you 
where I learned that this is necessary:

At that job every night I got lots of mail from various crons on the 10-or-so 
servers. I went through them every morning, and made sure to fix any issues 
they made me aware of. The thing is: you (or at least me) don't notice a 
missing e-mail, or at least not for a couple of days.
So one day someone wanted to have something restored, but I couldn't connect to 
the backup server. When I went to the server room and connected a monitor to 
the backup server, it was hanging there with a kernel panic. It turned out to 
be faulty memory. The kernel panic had occured 4 days before, and nobody had 
This wouldn't have happened with proper monitoring, e.g. running munin or 
something like that. Since we didn't have this infrastructure in place, my 
quick fix was to put a script on one of the main servers that got backed up by 
that backup server, and ran it every few hours via cron. It would check whether 
the backup server had connected, and if not, it would send an e-mail.


address@hidden wrote:

>On Fri, Dec 09, 2011 at 06:12:17AM -0800, Adrian Klaver wrote:
>> On Thursday, December 08, 2011 9:31:43 pm Arun Shrimali wrote:
>> > Dear All,
>> > 
>> > I have configured rdiffbackup for my server, which is working
>perfectly for
>> > daily incremental remote backup.
>> > 
>> > But to confirm that the backup has been done successfully, I have
>to go to
>> > backup server and check the file  /rdiff-backup-data/backup.log
>> > 
>> > Is there any other way (through e-mail) to confirm that backup has
>> > done successfully....
>> Don't know if this would work for you but I have several backups
>running via 
>> cron jobs and I get an email though cron. The amount of information
>> controllable through the -vX switch where X is an integer 0-9
>> increasing verbosity. 
>+1 for cron email. Except I use --print-statistics
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