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rdiff-backup (2) Versions 1.0.1

Installs/Configures rdiff-backup

cookbook 'rdiff-backup', '~> 1.0.1'
cookbook 'rdiff-backup', '~> 1.0.1', :supermarket
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rdiff-backup Cookbook

This cookbook configures backup using the rdiff-backup backup tool.


ssh key

Put a ssh private key into files/default/#{node['rdiff-backup']['key']} and the corresponding public one into files/default/#{node['rdiff-backup']['key']}.pub.

This key will be used for the rdiff-backup user that runs the backups.


  • ssh_known_hosts
  • sudo



<table> <tr> <th>Key</th> <th>Type</th> <th>Description</th> <th>Default</th> </tr> <tr> <td><tt>['rdiff-backup']['backup_dir']</tt></td> <td>String</td> <td>where to put the backup files</td> <td><tt>/backup</tt></td> </tr> <tr> <td><tt>['rdiff-backup']['etc_dir']</tt></td> <td>String</td> <td>where to put the rdiff-backup config files</td> <td><tt>/etc/rdiff-backup</tt></td> </tr> <tr> <td><tt>['rdiff-backup']['user']</tt></td> <td>Boolean</td> <td>the user to run the backup task as</td> <td><tt>rdiff-backup</tt></td> </tr> <tr> <td><tt>['rdiff-backup']['key']</tt></td> <td>String</td> <td>the ssh key file name</td> <td><tt>id_rsa</tt></td> </tr> <tr> <td><tt>['rdiff-backup']['cron']['enable']</tt></td> <td>Boolean</td> <td>whether to setup a cron job for automated backups</td> <td><tt>true</tt></td> </tr> <tr> <td><tt>['rdiff-backup']['cron']['email']</tt></td> <td>String</td> <td>where to send summary emails</td> <td><tt>nil</tt></td> </tr> <tr> <td><tt>['rdiff-backup']['cron']['lockfile']</tt></td> <td>String</td> <td>where to write the cron job lockfile</td> <td><tt>/tmp/rdiff-backup.lock</tt></td> </tr> <tr> <td><tt>['rdiff-backup']['cron']['day']</tt></td> <td>String</td> <td>day component of the cron job definition</td> <td><tt></tt></td> </tr> <tr> <td><tt>['rdiff-backup']['cron']['hour']</tt></td> <td>String</td> <td>hour component of the cron job definition</td> <td><tt></tt></td> </tr> <tr> <td><tt>['rdiff-backup']['cron']['minute']</tt></td> <td>String</td> <td>minute component of the cron job definition</td> <td><tt></tt></td> </tr> <tr> <td><tt>['rdiff-backup']['cron']['month']</tt></td> <td>String</td> <td>month component of the cron job definition</td> <td><tt></tt></td> </tr> <tr> <td><tt>['rdiff-backup']['cron']['weekday']</tt></td> <td>String</td> <td>weekday component of the cron job definition</td> <td><tt>*</tt></td> </tr> <tr> <td><tt>['rdiff-backup']['autotrim']['enable']</tt></td> <td>Boolean</td> <td>whether to auto trim backups</td> <td><tt>true</tt></td> </tr> <tr> <td><tt>['rdiff-backup']['autotrim']['timespan']</tt></td> <td>String</td> <td>backup retention timespan (in rdiff-backup format)</td> <td><tt>1y</tt></td> </tr> </table>



Adds a path to the backup directory list.




Used in the other recipes. Do not call directly.


Sets up the client (= host to be backed up) side.


Sets up the server (= host to save backups to) side.

This will do things: if enabled, a cron job is created that backs up all configured rdiff-backup clients, and scripts to run on demand backups of each single client.



backup_path "/var/lib/mailman"

Adds the mailman home directory to be backed up.

pre and post backup scripts

You can put shell scripts into #{node['rdiff-backup']['etc_dir']}/pre.d and #{node['rdiff-backup']['etc_dir']}/post.d folders to be run before and after the backup itself respectively.


  1. Fork the repository on Github
  2. Create a named feature branch (like add_component_x)
  3. Write you change
  4. Write tests for your change (if applicable)
  5. Run the tests, ensuring they all pass
  6. Submit a Pull Request using Github

License and Authors

Authors: ka’imi

Dependent cookbooks

sudo >= 0.0.0
ssh_known_hosts >= 0.0.0

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