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Back up to the start#

Sat, 12 May 2018 23:12:04 +0000

My backup server runs! Since last week I plugged in my actual USB external drive and added a DHCP client, USB support, ext[234]fs and a few more useful busybox apps - cp, chmod, chown, that kind of thing. Now it's running and my home desktop is backing up to it four times a day.

Because the Nix store is world-readable, I didn't want to put passwords in it - so instead I chuck them in files elsewhere and read them at script exection time. To get duplicity running in NixOS I added this stuff to my configuration.nix

 services.cron.systemCronJobs = let script = pkgs.writeScript "run-duplicity" ''
    export PASSPHRASE=$(cat /var/lib/backupwrt/duplicity) 
    export RSYNC_PASSWORD=$(cat /var/lib/backupwrt/rsync) 
    ${pkgs.duplicity}/bin/duplicity / --include /home --include /etc --include /srv --exclude '**' rsync://backup@snapshto::srv/snapshots/loaclhost
''; in [
      "18 */4 * * * root ${script}"

This blog entry is super-short because after writing a much longer one I extracted all the interesting bits and turned them into an FAQ document in the Git repo. So go and read that now.