[K12OSN] Huck's backuppc howto(long post)

Huck dhuckaby at paasda.org
Mon Jan 17 22:35:02 UTC 2005

This method was used by me to get backuppc working(my first time)
I will likely be building out a server specifically for this task in the 
near future,
but with Les's constant plugs for the software I had to try it and it 
(not without the headaches which hopefully you'll be able to avoid by 
this guide)

Installation of BackupPC on Debian 30r1
and using *rsync* as the method of backup


      Boot up off the debian cd...(only need #1 to do a network install)


      Follow the installation requirements to the point where it asks if
      you want to run tasksel...(hit yes here)


      Install the 1^st two options for the Xwindows Environment and
      Desktop do NOT answer yes to the web server.


      Finish with install.(don't forget to create a “normal user”)


      Now...I had to edit /etc/apt/apt.conf and add this line:

      /APT::Cache-Limit 10000000;/


      then I needed to make my apt source use 'unstable' editing

      on the first line you should have something like this:

      deb http://ftp.us.debian.org/debian stable main non-free contrib

      change the '/stable/' to '/unstable/'


      /*apt-get update*/


      /*apt-get dist-upgrade*/


      now to install the nifty perl modules using CPAN:

      /*perl -MCPAN -e -shell*/

      install Compress::Zlib, Archive::Zip, File::RsyncP <file:///RsyncP>


      now to install apache2 using apt-get

      /*apt-get install apache2*/


      then install backuppc using apt-get

      /*apt-get install backuppc*/


      here I rebooted to get the graphical login(I'm sure someone with
      more guru-ness has a better way...but this worked for me)


      login with the 'normal user' you created on installation and
      launch mozilla and attempt to go to http://localhost/backuppc and
      see if you get the lovely

      web-ministration page(you should)


      now to add a host to the /etc/backuppc/hosts file.

      Do as the comments in the file tell you(very straight forward)


      now you'll have to edit /etc/passwd and /etc/passwd- files so that
      the user 'backuppc'

      gets a login...at the end of the files a line starting with
      backuppc:x:...and ending with /bin/false just change the '/false/'
      to '/bash/'...and save the files...


      now you can */su - backuppc/*


      /*ssh-keygen -t dsa */<hit enter 3 times> Your public key has been
      saved in <path>)...pay attention to this path...you'll need it for
      the command below.


      ssh-copy-id -i <the path from above> root at the <mailto:root at the>
      name of the machine you put in the 'hosts' file


      now...you have the passwordless ssh ready...you have the hosts
      file ready...now you need to edit the /etc/backuppc/config.pl file
      to tell it what you want backed-up and how.

      the link above is a good resource...under the Linux/Unix section
      and rsync sub-section you can see the relevant settings you need
      to change in config.pl...


      after all that is set...you should be able to login via the
      http://localhost/backuppc and choose the host you'd like to backup
      and it aughta work!(unless I forgot something =)



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